Wolf Trap Foundation President & CEO Arvind Manocha Honored by Washington Business Journal with Top Minority Business Leader Award

Arvind Manocha

Vienna, Va. (February 26, 2016)Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, has been recognized as one of Washington’s top Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal. He and other leaders were honored for their achievements at an awards ceremony on February 25 at The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. 

The 9
th annual Minority Business Leader Awards recognize the Greater Washington region’s top 25 minority business owners and leaders for their professional accomplishments, community leadership and philanthropy.

“Arvind is an exceptional leader with true vision and passion for Wolf Trap and its mission,” said Dan D’Aniello, Chairman of Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors and Founding Partner and Chairman of The Carlyle Group. “Under his leadership, Wolf Trap is experiencing unprecedented growth in both its artistic offerings and its audiences. On behalf of the Board, I offer my congratulations and sincere appreciation to Arvind.” 

Manocha has served as President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts since January 2013. From major pop acts to children’s shows to opera and more, Manocha directs the Foundation’s year-round performing arts programming – among the most wide-ranging and diverse in the music business. Additionally, he oversees the full scope of the Foundation’s educational activities, including its nationally recognized arts education programs, which are implemented at 16 affiliate sites and in 28 states nationwide, and Wolf Trap Opera, one of the nation’s premier young artist training programs.

Since the start of Manocha’s tenure, Wolf Trap has expanded its community of supporters with record-breaking increases in new memberships, per-show sales are up 19%, and more performances are selling out than ever before. Summer 2015 saw 20 sold out performances and 40 debut artists, and nearly 400,000 fans across all three venues.

Prior to joining Wolf Trap, Manocha worked at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and served as Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Manocha has served on several nonprofit boards, and currently serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Manocha’s full biography can be found on the Wolf Trap
website.

A full list of the honorees can be found on the Washington Business Journal
website and Manocha’s profile can be found here.

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

Media Information:

Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations
703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org

Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org