Choral Arts Initiative Welcomes Inaugural Executive & Development Associate

IRVINE, CA — Jordan Kuspa has been selected as Choral Arts Initiative's first-ever Executive & Development Associate, making this the second inaugural position filled in three months. A Palo Alto native with an extensive background in leadership, music composition, and community engagement, Kuspa’s experience makes him a great fit for an organization whose mission is to partner "with composers and the community to illuminate emerging choral music."

“Hiring Jordan as our Executive & Development Associate creates yet another significant milestone in our timeline,” says Artistic Director Brandon Elliott. “Jordan first came to us as a composer--and we coincidentally coordinated a premiere for Fall 2019 far before this position was posted. His experience in arts management paired with his expertise as a composer lends him to be a truly excellent fit for our ever-growing organization.” 

Elliott continues, "He will continue to maintain, foster, and build our community partnerships as well as help lead our organization into the next phase of growth and transformation. While I've always been excited for the future of Choral Arts Initiative, the future seems even brighter with Jordan joining our family.”

The decision was officially announced at CAI’s Celebrating Our Family: A Fundraising Event on April 13. Upon acceptance of the position, Kuspa commented, "I first joined the Choral Arts Initiative family as a composition fellow in the inaugural Premiere Project Festival. The experience was powerful and inspiring to me, and I was impressed by the brilliance of CAI’s singers, the care and dedication of their staff, and the leadership of Brandon Elliott. Their performance of my piece, What Color Is the Dawn?, is one of my most treasured memories as a composer. I am honored now to join Choral Arts Initiative as their first Executive & Development Associate, and I am excited to help fulfill CAI’s vision for the future: to be the world-class destination for new choral music for composers, singers, and audience.“

“Just in the past year, we have hired a Marketing & Publicity Director, an Assistant Conductor, and now an Executive & Development Associate,” Elliott added. “While hiring staff is an indicator of growth—and we have grown—it is also, in our instance, more about our even stronger commitment to working in partnership with the community to illuminate new choral music.” 


About Jordan Kuspa
Jordan Kuspa has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a composer, arts entrepreneur, and music educator. His compositions have been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, and have been praised in the New York Times as “consistently alive and inspired.” Major works include three string quartets, a violin concerto, and a ballet based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” Jordan was Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sonus Chamber Music Society in Houston, and worked closely with the Yale Music in Schools Initiative. Kuspa earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music and also studied at Rice University. He has served on the faculty of Richland College in Dallas, and as Composer-in-Residence for the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. In Fall 2019, Choral Arts Initiative will premiere a major new work for choir and percussion. To learn more about Kuspa’s music, please visit

About Choral Arts Initiative
Choral Arts Initiative is a non-profit 501(c)(3) choral organization made up of some of the most talented and passionate musicians in the Southern California region.  Widely recognized as a champion of new music, Choral Arts Initiative has been praised as "gracefully lyrical" (Voice of OC), hailed as one of Orange County’s "Best Choirs" (CBS News, Los Angeles), and noted for its "sublime" and "triumphant" performances (Textura).  Winner of the American Prize in Choral Performance and recipient of the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, Choral Arts Initiative continues its commitment to musical innovation and excellence.  Choral Arts Initiative released its inaugural album, "How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore" which ranked #6 on the Billboard Charts (Traditional Classical Albums), and #4 Best Seller on iTunes Classical Charts.  Their passion for new music has led to the commission of eighteen compositions and the premiere of over sixty works.  
Sarah Gunstream
Marketing & Publicity Director

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