Katherine Carleton, Orchestras Canada’s executive director, has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. A respected arts manager and an accomplished musician, she has been at the helm of Orchestras Canada since 2005. Before coming to Orchestras Canada, Ms. Carleton was executive director of the Kingston Symphony, the Nova Scotia Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. A passionate arts advocate, Katherine Carleton has garnered the respect of the orchestra industry across Canada and abroad.
With a degree in clarinet performance, Ms. Carleton has in the past worked as a musician, teacher, grants officer, and arts administrator. She still finds time to perform in small ensembles in Peterborough and Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Music) and McGill University (management).
“The Canadian orchestra community is proud of Katherine. The Order of Canada is a well-deserved recognition of the immense work she has done in defending, promoting and advocating for the arts and for orchestras from coast to coast,” said Gilles Choquet, president of the Board of Orchestras Canada / Orchestres Canada and executive director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil.