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Academy of Vocal Arts names new vice president, general manager


Scott Guzielek has been named vice president and general manager of the Academy of Vocal Arts, effective July 1.

In this newly-created role, Guzielek will be responsible for the overall administrative management of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA). He will collaborate with AVA’s President and Artistic Director and its Board of Directors in order to create and execute a vision for AVA’s continued success.

Guzielek also will be responsible for fostering deeper and new relationships with the community, donors, board members, and partner organizations throughout greater Philadelphia.

Guzielek has served as director of artistic operations at Palm Beach Opera since 2012.

Responsible for all aspects of artistic planning, casting and repertoire selection, he oversaw a budget of $2.5 million annually and managed more than 200 artists, chorus, musicians, seasonal and professional staff. Guzielek also was responsible for leading and directing the Benenson Young Artist and Bailey Apprentice Artist Programs of Palm Beach Opera.

Prior to his appointment in Palm Beach, Guzielek was Artistic Administrator at Washington National Opera (D.C.) from 2006 to 2012, where he worked closely with General Director Plácido Domingo.

Guzielek is co-chair of the Artistic Administration Network of OPERA America. He has frequently judged the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and other competitions throughout the country, including the Giargiari Competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Originally from Johnstown, N.Y., Guzielek received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and a Master of Arts with distinction in Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC.