Trudy Schroeder: Instructor
Trudy describes herself as a community development activist with arts and culture as the means to build stronger, healthier, more vibrant places for us to live. She agrees fully with the co-founder of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, that “Communities get the culture they deserve.” Winnipeg is a city that is rich in arts, culture, and heritage…..both the quality and quantity are outstanding for a community of this size. Since returning to her hometown of Winnipeg in 1995, Trudy has been involved in building and connecting people and ideas with the arts.
Trudy has been the Executive Director of the WSO since July 2008, and she held a similar position with the Winnipeg Folk Festival for ten years prior to that. Earlier in her career she worked for the City of Ottawa in the field of cultural policy development, arts facility development, heritage preservation and business communications. She came to the business of arts management through a love of music and performance.
She holds an MBA from the Asper School of Business, a Performance Singing Degree from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, an Arts Management degree from University of Ottawa, and a B.A. (Political Science) from University of Winnipeg. Trudy’s husband of thirty-three years, and two daughters are generally good humoured about their involuntary conscription into all kinds of projects related to music and festivals.
Trudy currently serves as president of the board of Orchestras Canada, president of Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and on the boards of Concordia Hospital and Concordia Foundation and the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council Task Force on Arts and Culture. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YM/YWCA, received several awards for community service from the Mayor of Winnipeg, was the recipient of a Blazers’ Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2013 was the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in the summer of 2014 received the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s award for Distinguished Service.