ProMusica adds three team members to front office positions

(Columbus, OH) –  ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Janet Chen today announced that the organization has hired three new staff members to join the ProMusica administrative team. Two of the positions are newly created roles. Matthew Kurk will fill the role of Director of Advancement and Engagement, Bethany Dickens will serve as Executive and Advancement Assistant, and Venessa Menerey joins ProMusica as Marketing Assistant.

New Director of Advancement and Engagement Matthew Kurk has a professional background in the higher education development field, holding key positions at Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Kurk’s education in the arts will serve him well in his new position, with degrees in music from Eastern Kentucky University and Boston University. Matt and his wife, Nicole, live in Worthington.

Bethany Dickens, another Worthington resident, graduated with a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Public History from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the ProMusica organization as Executive and Advancement Assistant, Dickens worked in higher education administration at The Ohio State University and University of Central Florida as a grant writer and sponsored program officer. A passionate supporter of the arts in Columbus, she has a rich background in creative writing as well as technical writing and grand management.

ProMusica’s new Marketing Assistant, Columbus native Venessa Menerey, received her B.A. in English Literature and Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University and a certificate in Publishing from New York University’s School of Professional Studies. Her most recent experience includes contributing articles to UrbanSocial Television, a growing digital publication aimed at informing, entertaining, and inspiring a millennial audience. Menerey currently resides in Upper Arlington.

“I am thrilled to have Matt, Bethany and Venessa join our administrative team,” said Executive Director Janet Chen. “Not only do they each possess great expertise in their respective fields, but they all have a deep passion for music and the arts which is invaluable to the organization. It is exciting to bring them on board as ProMusica continues on our journey of growth and ambitious aspirations.”


Subscriptions packages, ranging from $62 to $270, are available for the 2017-2018 concert season, including a Flex Series option and a Worthington Series. Single tickets to any regular season concert cost $12 to $50, are on sale now. Subscriptions and single tickets are available through the ProMusica office (614-464-0066; or through Ticketmaster.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience—through innovative chamber orchestra programming, education outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence.  Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 65 new works and has presented more than 110 premieres.

Bringing worldwide talent to Columbus since 1978, ProMusica offers an adventurous musical experience through intimate performances on the stages of the Southern Theatre and the Worthington United Methodist Church. The orchestra, comprised of 37 musicians, showcases homegrown talents, rising stars, and guest artists of international acclaim. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 39th season.

ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, The Reinberger Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.