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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Welcomes New Board Members

Vanessa Smith Morest
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NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is welcoming Vanessa Smith Morest of Norwalk Community College to its board of directors.

“Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to the table, and she will serve as a vital link between our two organizations,” said Christopher Bell, Norwalk Symphony Board President. Morest has served as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at NCC since 2007 and is the author of “Community College Student Success: From Boardrooms to Classrooms,” published in 2012. She has a bachelor's from William and Mary, and a master's and doctorate from Columbia University.

Other new board members for the Norwalk Symphony during the 2015-16 season include: Rita Startup, former Assistant Dean of Development at the New York University School of Dentistry; Schuyler Winter of Van Rensselaer Management; Richard Beyman, and Peter W. Flournoy CPA, who also serves as treasurer for the symphony.

The symphony also welcomes Louis Pietig, as its new executive director. Pietig has worked in arts management for over 30 years, initially as a stage and production manager for Broadway and Regional Theatre. For 20 years, he has been a board member of Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and the Brooklyn Center for Families in Crisis.

The Norwalk Symphony is also happy to announce NSO received a grant of $3,926 from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. This grant is in support of the NSO’s program of concerts and community outreach.

"We are grateful to the DECD and their commitment to the arts. Their support greatly increases our ability to bring music to Norwalk and the surrounding community," said Louis Pietig.

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