The Choir School Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti sent this message to The Choir School community, Saturday, February 22, 2020:
Yesterday afternoon, our beloved interim Executive Director Dan Kirsch passed away unexpectedly. Dan had been a valued member of our community since January 2019 and an active member of the wider Charlotte community over several decades. In his work with The Choir School, he supported our staff and board and led the way on multiple initiatives including this fall’s Giving Voice to Hope program at Hidden Valley Elementary School. His extensive work in the arts nonprofit space spanned music, theater, and dance. In Charlotte, he was the founder of One Voice Chorus, Festival Director of OutCharlotte, and the first Executive Director of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center on Central Avenue.
We are profoundly saddened by this loss. Dan’s creativity, passion for the arts, deep kindness, and joyful spirit was an inspiration to us all. He was an invaluable colleague and friend and we will deeply miss him. Please keep him and all that mourn his passing in your thoughts.
As we are able, The Choir School will share additional information regarding funeral arrangements and ways to honor Dan’s legacy in the coming days.
UPDATE 2/26/20: The Charlotte Observer published an obituary story about Dan Kirsch.
A celebration of life for Dan Kirsch will take place March 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the Mint Museum Uptown. A Dan Kirsch Memorial Fund has been set up under the umbrella of the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund. Donations can be made through Foundation for the Carolinas: https://www.fftc.org/collective_giving
About Dan Kirsch
A longtime arts and nonprofit leader, Dan was responsible for strategic planning and governance matters with the Board of Directors, executing our mission, leading fundraising efforts, and sharing The Choir School’s story with the Charlotte community and beyond. Before joining The Choir School in January 2019, he developed and led efforts for Time Out Youth Center’s $3.4 million capital campaign in Charlotte. His extensive work in the arts nonprofit space includes time as Cultural Arts Director at Fairfax, Va.’s Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, and Executive & Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. In Charlotte, he was the founder of One Voice Chorus, Festival Director of OutCharlotte, and the first Executive Director of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center on Central Avenue.