Every Wednesday, we feature one Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra member to answer some fun questions about themselves. Pro Arte is a tight knit group where the musicians, board of trustees and staff work together as a unit. Today, we will be featuring our “Staff of the Week” instead of our usual “Musician of the Week.” Meet Meena Malik, our General Manager.
When did you start working at Pro Arte and what positions have you held at Pro Arte?
I started working at Pro Arte in February 2011 as Director of Operations. As Director of Operations, I was in charge of the operations of the four concerts as well as the gala event every season. Through this position, I learned that many components have to come together in order to create a successful concert event, including venue coordination, personnel, box office, marketing, among many others. Currently, I am the General Manager of Pro Arte.
Which Pro Arte concert has been most memorable to you?
The most memorable concert has to be the All-Beethoven concert with Haldan Martinson as our featured soloist. He performed the Beethoven violin concerto, which was marvelous. This was one of my first concerts with Pro Arte since joining the team, so there was a lot to learn, but it was a great experience for me. I especially remember that Haldan was a great person to work with – so humble and kind!
Are you a musician?
I am a professional singer and perform regularly with Voci Angelica Trio, a group that performs international folk music arranged for two voices, cello and percussion. The trio is on the roster of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and we visit schools throughout the year to perform our educational program. We are also going on our second tour end of this month, so we are very busy planning for it.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time?
I rarely have free time, but when I do, I like to travel, read books, watch movies and spend time with my husband, friends and family. I also love spending time with my lovely dog, Haiku.