Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Michael Scolamiero

Executive Director

Michael Scolamiero was appointed Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet in June 1997. Under his leadership, Pennsylvania Ballet has embarked on two major capital campaigns: Raising the Barre, a $10 million campaign initiated in 2002 that raised nearly $12 million, and Building Beyond 50, a $25 million campaign that is currently under way.  The latter will provide funding to build a new state-of-the art headquarters for Pennsylvania Ballet on the Avenue of the Arts and also provide resources to create new work and expand the company’s repertory. 
 
Other accomplishments under Mr. Scolamiero’s leadership include the establishment of major gift, planned giving, and comprehensive sponsorship programs, and the development of a Repertory Fund to create new works.  Mr. Scolamiero also spearheaded a restructuring of the administrative staff to reflect the changing workforce and enable the organization to operate more efficiently.   
 
Mr. Scolamiero's commitment to Pennsylvania Ballet's continued artistic growth stems from his artistic background. A trained musician, he values and appreciates the role of the arts in our society and is committed to providing increased opportunities for others to experience and enjoy classical ballet. Working with Pennsylvania Ballet's Artistic Director, Roy Kaiser, Mr. Scolamiero is an advocate for creating new ballets, refurbishing existing productions, and seeking new venues at which the Ballet can perform and expand its audience.
 
Prior to Pennsylvania Ballet, Mr. Scolamiero served as Executive Director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. During his seven years at Choral Arts, the organization recorded seven consecutive operating surpluses, significantly reduced its debt, and premiered several large, symphonic choral works at the Academy of Music. Prior to the Choral Arts Society, Mr. Scolamiero was Administrative Manager for the Haddonfield Symphony, and Executive Director of the West Jersey Chamber Music Society, a professional chamber orchestra and chorus based in Moorestown, New Jersey.
 
Originally from the northern New Jersey community of Pompton Plains, Mr. Scolamiero earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education with a focus on clarinet and piano at Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Lebanon Valley, he completed a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at The Pennsylvania State University's main campus in State College.
 
Mr. Scolamiero serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and also served on the Arts and Business Council Board for six years.  He is a liturgical accompanist at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center City, where he resides.