Megen Balda

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Executive Director


As GTCYS’ Executive Director, Megen is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. Megen works closely with the artistic staff and Board of Directors to develop GTCYS’ strategic vision and ensure that GTCYS’ programs remain vibrant for students and the community.

Megen has devoted her career to arts administration, specializing in program development and management. She joined GTCYS’ staff in 2003 and advanced through various roles before being promoted to Executive Director in 2011. Prior to her work with GTCYS, Megen held positions with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale.

Originally from Kansas, Megen graduated from St. Olaf College, where she studied arts administration and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance under the study of Dr. John Ferguson. She is a 2016 alumna of Leadership St. Paul and a 2010 alumna of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute through the Wilder Foundation. Megen serves on the Board of Directors for the League of American Orchestras’ and is chair of the Youth Orchestra Division’s board. Megen resides in Shoreview with her husband Jon Kjarum and Frida, their Bernese Mountain Dog.

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