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Deborah Sandler

Lyric Opera of Kansas City
General Director and CEO
Kansas City, MO
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim of each company. Ms. Sandler has a commitment to artistic excellence and deepening community connections through the creation of programs which involve and engage audiences of diverse ages. During her early career, she served as the Executive Director of Chamber Soloists of Philadelphia. With a strong commitment and connection to political and civic life, Deborah served as Finance and Fundraising Director for a mayoral primary campaign in Louisville and worked as the Director of External Affairs at the Kentucky School of Art, part of Spalding University. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Sandler received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Musicology from New York University. Ms. Sandler also has studied at the Mandel Center for Nonprofits at Case Western Reserve and at the Fundraising School at Indiana University.