Vice-President, OC Board | Executive Director, Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy
Shannon Whidden is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, with 20 years of experience in Arts Management. In his role with the OYOA, he has been working with the Board of Directors and artistic staff to build a strong administrative team for the Academy, and to expand the programs it offers. Prior to joining the OYOA, he held roles with progressively increasing levels of responsibility at the Arizona Opera Company, Phoenix Symphony, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Mount Allison University, where he majored in Vocal Performance, with a focus on Opera.