Matt Cook, Executive and Development Director
Matt Cook, newly appointed Executive and Development Director of Pacific Opera Project, most recently held positions in development and production with Wild Up New Music ensemble. There, he was responsible for overseeing operations for all events and fundraising activities. Matt produced performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Fluxus Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, and lead partnerships with organizations such as the Martha Graham Dance Company. Previously, Matt worked with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in various roles as Managing Director, Project Manager, and Marketing Manager, leading the organization to international recognition in their field.
Matt is also a Grammy Award® winning performer. His work is heard on studio and film recordings and is seen live in performance with ensembles across the world. As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician at several universities including Stanford and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and maintained faculty positions at many local institutions. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Matt holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the California Institute of the Arts.
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Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt, Company Manager
Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt is small but mighty, bringing a diverse but relevant skill set to POP. In early 2018, she produced and starred in the successful “Twins & Tunes: A Benefit Concert!” She has over eight years of production/Teaching Artist experience and over 14 years experience as a professional actor/singer. She knows POP well, as she was a performer in The Rake's Progress, Viva la Mama!, Carmen, and The Mikado.
In addition to opera, Eleen is accomplished in choral music and is on the rosters with both Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Chorale.
Project highlights include a fundraiser alongside George Takei, CBS' MacGyver, Jake Heggie's The Radio Hour (premiere), The Odd Couple (Gwen), 9 to 5 (Roz), Into the Woods (Witch), The Music Man (Marian), Bach B Minor Mass (soloist), two national commercials, singing back-up for Andrea Bocelli and Reba McEntire, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with Gustavo Dudamel, and singing The Lord of the Rings film score. Eleen also fully produces refined music for sacred or formal events.
One of Eleen's defining characteristics is her educator's heart. She has maintained a music studio since 2007, teaching voice, supplemented by theory and violin. Her students have gone on to perform solos and leads with LA Opera, National Children's Chorus, churches, and school/community drama programs. Formerly, she was the Director of Children's Music ministry at San Marino Community Church for five years, where she produced musicals, anthems, and skits. She dreams about creating the next Mr. Rogers Neighborhood/Peg+Cat/Reading Rainbow.
Eleen received degrees from Pomona College and El Camino College. She is also a graduate of South Coast Repertory's Acting Intensive Program. She brings significant business sense from her experience in the mortgage industry. She will never turn down chocolate, yoga, dancing, NYC, or Italy.
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Katy Salomon, PR / Public Relations
Account Director Katy Salomon uses her experience in public relations, branding, artist management, and as a classically trained cellist to implement strategic press campaigns and media services for the artists and cultural organizations on the MAM roster. With strong relationships in both the press, artist management, and presenting facets of the music industry, Katy seeks innovative and comprehensive new ways to connect audiences with the arts they love. At MAM, Katy has spearheaded media campaigns for albums such as The Crossing's Grammy-winning album Zealot Canticles (Innova) and the International Contemporary Ensemble's portrait album of the music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir, AEQUA (Sono Luminus), which was named one of NPR's Best Albums of 2018. She has managed the growth of social media platforms for clients such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic; and led over-arching press campaigns for clients such as Pacific Opera Project (named 2018 Best Opera Company in LA), and the 20th anniversary of the Wet Ink Ensemble, named The New York Times' 2018 Best Ensemble of the Year. Previously as Publicist and Artist Manager at Jensen Artists, Katy worked on press campaigns for artists and organizations such as Sony Music Masterworks, Bang on a Can, American Composers Orchestra, guitarist Jason Vieaux, and many more. She has also held positions at 21C Media Group, Kirshbaum and Associates, Lois Cohn PR, and the Valley Entertainment Record Label.
Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cello with a Minor in Business from Florida State University, and a Masters of Arts in Music Business from New York University.
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