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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Katlyn Morahan, PR / Public Relations
Katlyn Morahan is a passionate and energetic cultural communications professional with collective experience in public relations, marketing, events-management, and fundraising for some of the world's leading performing arts organizations. Katlyn spent four years working in the public relations and marketing departments at Carnegie Hall, where she executed publicity efforts for leading orchestras, ensembles, vocalists and instrumentalists. Katlyn was also the second staff member to join the American Associates of the National Theatre, the US-arm of London’s National Theatre, during a significant period in the organization's growth. Prior to this, she also led fundraising initiatives at Delaware Theatre Company and has had additional work experiences at NBC’s TODAY Show, Broadway public relations agency, Barlow-Hartman, and financial services communications agency, Cognito.
In 2016, Katlyn formed Morahan Arts and Media (MAM) as a response to the growing need for organizations and individuals to find sustainable solutions for their public relations and marketing objectives. MAM currently works with a diverse array of clients including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, LoftOpera, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Schimmel Center at Pace University, Primephonic, the DUMBO Business Improvement District, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Musica Viva NY, and the Reading Symphony Orchestra, in addition to numerous individual clients.
Katlyn holds a Masters degree in Performing Arts Administration from
NYU, and undergraduate degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from Syracuse University.
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