Chrysa Kovach is the Director of Development for the Santa Monica Symphony and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Community Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to her position with the Santa Monica Symphony, Kovach was the Development Coordinator at the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, TN.
In addition to conducting the Music City Brass Ensemble, Kovach is the founder and past music director of the W.O. Smith Community Orchestra, a volunteer ensemble dedicated to presenting educational concerts and collaborating with local composers. Kovach has studied conducting privately with Emelyne Bingham, Kelly Corcoran, and Robin Fountain. She has participated in masterclasses with Luis Miguel Clemente, Hans Graf, Colin Metters, and Tito Muñoz, and performed with the Atlantic Coast Orchestra in Esposende, Portugal.
Kovach performs as a flutist with the CALLA Quintet, and is a former member of the Orchesterverein in Vienna, Austria. Kovach graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013 with a dual degree in Flute and Spanish, and was a recipient of the Blair School of Music's Richard C. Cooper Award for campus-wide leadership in music.