Senior advisor to the board
A classical musician, social justice advocate, and accomplished fundraiser, Charles brings considerable passion, energy, and vision to PCO as an advisor. Originally from North Carolina, for the last five years Charles split time between Indianapolis and Chicago and relocated to Portland in Fall, 2016. The Director of Development of Our House of Portland which provides care for people living with HIV, we are thrilled to have Charles' passion among the ranks of PCO.
During and following masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies in music and musicology, Charles lived in Southern Germany performing concerts throughout Europe. Desiring eclectic opportunities in music making, he also took part in experimental music projects, performance art, creative placemaking, and light and sound installations. Evolving the performance experience became and remains an important priority.
Highlight experiences include projects with the prestigious Goethe-Institut and the Akademie des Tanzes Mannheim, and collaborating with performers and staff of the Mannheim Staatstheater and Staatsoper. Returning to the United States, Charles has been curating and producing public activation projects, performances, exhibitions, and multi-sensory programs for 15 years while founding, reinventing, fundraising for, and leading innovative organizations and projects to great success.
Since 2003, Charles has been the Chief Innovation Officer of the Transient Consulting Group, a nationally respected consulting firm based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Regularly serving as a creative engagement and public activation consultant, Charles works with clients in both the public and private sector. Concurrent to consulting work, in 2011 Charles was recruited to be Vice President of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which serves as the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In 2013, he was appointed CEO of Classical Music Indy – a programming, creative placemaking, classical music radio, and music advocacy group. With personal interests in the arts, animal care, the environment, and social justice, Charles invests considerable energy in improving the communities in which he lives. To date, Charles has raised more than 147 million dollars and has created measureable progress in the arts and in broader community investment strategies and leadership.
Having produced festivals, spectacles, publications, and large-scale public activation projects, Charles has also enjoyed numerous opportunities creating public, progressive, and traditional performances, and gallery and museum exhibitions. Collaborators and respected, like-minded pioneers include: Liquid Music Festival, New Amsterdam Records, work with NPR, the Silk Road Ensemble, Scott Stulen, Vicky Chow, Tristan Perich, Chris Kallmyer, Jordan Munson, Dr. David Arbury, New Ovation Music, Max Richter, COMPOSED Magazine, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, among many others. American performances include more than 50 debuts of new works and being featured on the cover of the Opera America Magazine.