Director of Development
Vanessa Rose joined The Lark in January 2013 as the first Director of Development. She oversees all funds development efforts from foundation grants to personal donations and actively works with the Board and other amazing Lark ambassadors to raise money. Prior to the Lark, Vanessa was the first Managing Director of The Knights, a New York-based orchestra collective who has established themselves in the industry as a forward-thinking model for innovation, engagement, and quality performances. In this role, Vanessa developed a Board of Directors, created a fundraising program, and oversaw an international tour, WQXR radio residency, and several recording projects. Previous to her appointment she was Associate Director of Patron Program and Membership at the Metropolitan Opera, cultivating and soliciting hundreds of donors giving $2,000-$24,999 annually to the Met. She was promoted to this position after working in their major gifts department, supporting fundraising efforts for gifts of $25,000 and higher. In 2006, Vanessa Rose completed the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, which included residencies with the Dallas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and San Francisco Symphony. Vanessa is a violinist and has performed with, among others, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and Spoleto Festivals (Italy and USA). She comes from a musical family and attended the Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. Vanessa lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with her musician husband, two children, and two cats.
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