People: Whiting Library welcomes new children’s librarian; VSO announces new exec director

Karin Fischer

Karin Fischer is Whiting Library’s new children’s librarian.

Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester, has hired Karin Fischer as its youth services librarian.

Fischer has served as a library assistant and interim library director. She is also a poet, an artist and mother, and has served elementary age children in creating art projects, and selecting reading materials.

Fischer is also pursuing the  State of Vermont’s Department of Libraries Certificate of Librarianship while she takes on her new position at Whiting Library. She asks that members of the Chester-Andover community drop by to introduce themselves.

 VSO names new executive director

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has turned to a Vermont native for leadership. The Governing Board of Directors has announced  that the orchestras next executive director will be Benjamin Cadwallader, currently education programs manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he had worked in New York City and San Antonio, Tex., in senior administrative positions.

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Benjamin Cadwallader

Cadwallader said in a statement that he was looking forward to working with the VSO and music director Jaime Laredo. He called the orchestra “the brightest example of a Vermont cultural gem.”

Cadwallader grew up in South Burlington. He said in a written statement, “The VSO has been part of my musical life from an early age and had a profound impact on my steps to a life-long career in music. … I look forward to building on the impressive legacy of musical excellence, commitment to community, and financial strength. …  the opportunity to call this beautiful state home once again is, of course, the icing on the cake.”

In announcing the appointment, Board President Victoria Young said, “Benjamins experience in educational programming and new initiatives will be invaluable as the VSO moves forward.”

“I am delighted with the choice of Ben. I couldnt be happier. He and I are going to be great partners,” said Laredo. Cadwallader plans to be fully on board in November.

— Compiled by Leah M. Cunningham

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