Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Names Mark DeSaulnier Executive Director

Mark DeSaulnier

The Board of Directors of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) has announced the appointment of performing arts manager Mark DeSaulnier as Executive Director, succeeding longtime Executive Director Bea Andrade. DeSaulnier brings to OIGC more than ten years of professional management and production experience in the performing arts.  He will be responsible for fundraising, board development, marketing, and community engagement, while positioning the Choir for long-term sustainability. “We are fortunate to have someone of Mark’s experience and training join our organization as Executive Director,” said Jack Mahan, President of the OIGC Board of Directors. “We are now poised to reach new audiences and continue to enhance our ability to create positive impacts on the lives of the community through our music,” said Terrence Kelly, OIGC’s co-founder and Artistic Director. DeSaulnier’s previous experience includes the Christian Youth Theater in Spokane, WA, and the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, CA, among others. Most recently he served as Artistic Director for Peninsula Youth Theatre in Mountain View, CA.  In addition to attending and presenting for non-profit arts management seminars and events, Mark is a member of arts organizations such as CETA (California Educational Theatre Association), the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Theatre Bay Area Association. “I am honored to join OIGC in its mission to bring unity and inspiration through music. There is such a rich history to build upon, and I look forward to supporting artistic excellence and expression, as OIGC continues to reach out nationally and internationally,” DeSaulnier said. The Gospel Academy Award-winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multi-racial, interfaith group of 55 vocalists united in their love of gospel music with its message of hope, joy, unity, and justice. The Choir was founded in 1986, led by Emmy-award-winning co-founder and Artistic Director, Terrance Kelly. Under Kelly’s able direction, the Choir’s musical excellence and mission has flourished. OIGC is committed to improving the exposure to and the understanding of spirituals and gospel music by providing access to new, diverse, and underserved or institutionalized audiences. For more information, visit www.oigc.org .
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