Executive and Artistic Director, Carolina Performing Arts; Professor of the Practice; Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts

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Emil J. Kang serves as Executive and Artistic Director of Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University’s performing arts program he founded in 2005. Kang also serves Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music and teaches courses in music, arts management, artistic entrepreneurship, and the creative process.

In 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt appointed Kang as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts where he sits on the Chancellor’s leadership team and directs all campus-wide arts initiatives on the Chancellor’s behalf.

From 1999 to 2004 Kang served as President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Kang has also held positions with the Seattle Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, and served as an Orchestra Management Fellow with the League of American Orchestras.

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Kang to the National Council on the Arts for a six-year term expiring 2018. His appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate.

Kang currently serves on the boards of the Martha Graham Dance Company, EMCarts., and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He also serves on the inaugural selection committee for the Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund.

He has an active consulting practice and serves as a grant and peer reviewer across the country. Kang has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and completed the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program at Harvard Business School. Born in New York City, and trained in violin studies from a young age, he holds a degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in New York.