Steven F. Smith leads transformative change for performing arts organizations. As President of Berkshire Choral International, he is overseeing a strategic revitalization of the organization with particular focus on program innovation, artistic planning and collaboration, and enrollment marketing. Previously, Steve served as Executive Director of Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus, leading an artistic and financial turnaround for one of North America’s largest community choral organizations. Accomplishments included managing a successful artistic transition, rebranding, renewed focus on social justice work, and retirement of debt with four consecutive budget surpluses.
As Executive Director for Revels in Cambridge, MA, he returned the organization to financial health, rebuilding attendance and expanding educational programming. Earlier in his career, he led the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus through a fifteen year expansion, managed concert operations for the Pittsburgh Symphony residency at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, and supported an international roster of concert organists and English cathedral choirs for Karen McFarlane Artists Management.
He has a degree in Music/Arts Management from Baldwin-Wallace University and participated in an Executive Leadership Program for cultural organizations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Steve has consulted with many small and mid-sized nonprofits and his expertise includes strategic planning, branding, audience development, fundraising, and governance. As a volunteer and advocate, he served on the boards of GALA Choruses (clerk, vice president, president); ArtsBoston (vice president); and Greater Boston Choral Consortium (president).