Board of Directors

The members of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Board of Directors represent diverse areas of talent and expertise. We are fortunate to have each of them working behind the scenes to guide our organization.

Laurie Kenagy, President

Jacqueline Sifford Joyner, Vice President

Hilary Brown, Secretary

Leon Borden, Treasurer

Caro Giordano

Joseph Russo


Executive Director

Catherine da Cruz is the Executive Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra. Her passion for the arts began in school where she participated in band, chorus and school musicals. At Lehigh University she graduated with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Theater. She has an MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama. After graduation, she worked at the Teatro Muncipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a stage manager and production assistant for ballet, opera, performing arts festivals and the Orquestra Sinfónica Brasileira. She returned to the U.S. and worked for twelve seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House as a stage director, assisting on new productions and directing revivals. Catherine is currently the concert manager for the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. As a parent, she joined the WCYO family in 2007 when her son auditioned for the organization, and she is honored to serve in the WCYO leadership (2014-current).