Kelly Tweeddale has been appointed president of the Vancouver (B.C.) Symphony, after serving as executive director at Seattle Opera since 2003.

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Kelly Tweeddale, Seattle Opera’s executive director, has been appointed president of the Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Opera general director Aidan Lang announced Thursday. She starts work in her new post on Nov. 16.

Tweeddale was appointed executive director in 2003. Before that, she worked in marketing and communication posts at the Seattle Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra.

“Over the past 15 years, I’ve been the envy of my peers, due to the unique and incredible talent pool that exists at Seattle Opera,” Tweeddale said in a news release.

“Yet, like all strategic thinkers, I am eager and curious about what else is possible. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presented the perfect opportunity for me to take the next step in my grand belief that music changes lives. I am thankful to Seattle Opera for the role it played in honing a set of unique skills, and I look forward to further place-making, audience-building, and innovation in another vibrant community.”

As executive director, Tweeddale oversaw the opera’s daily operations and budget, and worked to develop and implement the opera’s long-range strategic plan, which includes a major consolidation of company operations into one building adjacent to McCaw Hall.

“Over her many years at Seattle Opera, Kelly has been absolutely central to the success of the company. Great opera does not come into being without someone smoothly driving things behind the scenes; and for us, Kelly was that driver,” Lang said in a statement.

“Truly, Vancouver’s gain is Seattle’s loss.”