The Harvard Choruses and Office for the Arts at Harvard are thrilled to announce the appointment of Olivia Porada as the Administrative Manager for Choral Music at Harvard. Porada assumes this newly-created, full-time role on October 16, 2023.
Olivia Porada is an experienced and talented arts administrator, a classical singer and, in her free time, a cardio kickboxing instructor. How do these things impact her work? In her words, "they create discipline and focus, allow for creativity, showcase strength and stamina, and foster empathy and passion." She plans to bring all of this and more to her work as the Administrative Manager for Choral Music at Harvard.
Porada will partner with Andrew Clark, Harvard's Director of Choral Activities, in leading the Harvard Choral Program and work closely with the choral staff, student leaders, and other colleagues at the Office for the Arts and the Department of Music. She will officially join the Harvard choral community on October 16, 2023.
"I am thrilled to welcome Olivia to our team and look forward to working together on the next chapter of choral music at Harvard," said Clark. "Olivia's impressive experience as a strategic arts leader, academic administrator, and performing artist will be great assets for our choral program. We are so fortunate to gain from her perspectives and expertise as well as her deep passion for her work. Through our search process, we sought to find the ideal partner to develop more efficient structures of support as well as someone to serve as a primary mentor to the student leaders of our 501(c)(3) non-profit choral ensembles. We found this dynamic partner in Olivia and I could not be more excited about our future work together."
"The student managers are thrilled to welcome Olivia Porada as our administrative leader," said search committee member and Radcliffe Choral Society manager, Hannah Boen '25. "Over the years, the role of Choral Administrator has grown alongside the Harvard Choruses, and having a dedicated full-time staff member will significantly enhance the experience for student leaders and singers alike. During our discussions with Olivia, we were impressed by her focus and commitment to arts administration. We believe she is the right person to empower student leaders, safeguard our priorities, and provide unwavering support when needed. On behalf of the students, we warmly welcome Olivia to the Harvard Choruses!"
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Previously, Olivia worked at New England Conservatory as the Production and Administrative Director for Jazz and Contemporary Musical Arts and at Boston University Tanglewood Institute as the Director of Recruitment and Program Operations. In both organizations, she excelled in working with artists of all ages, at all levels, and from around the world.
Porada is a proud alumna of Boston University and The College of New Jersey where she earned a Master of Science in Arts Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, respectively.
In her free time, when she’s not teaching a cardio kickboxing class, she enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking delicious meals, and spending time with her family.