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 Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a stage manager and production assistant for ballet, opera, performing arts festivals and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira. She returned to the States and worked 12 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 when son Stephen played violin (RHS class of 2012) and she is honored to serve in the WCYO leadership.