Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser, the interim executive and artistic director at Carolina Performing Arts, will retire on Wednesday.
Moeser began the role in 2019 and previously served in other leadership positions during his time at UNC, including chancellor from 2000 to 2008 and interim director of the Institute for Arts and Humanities.
CPA announced on June 17 that it received a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor in honor of James and Susan Moeser, the largest ever one-time contribution from an individual or family to CPA.
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During Moeser's time as chancellor, Carolina Performing Arts was founded to fill the newly renovated Memorial Hall. Moeser directed the national search for CPA’s first executive director, Emil Kang.
In addition to live performances, CPA has commissioned 50 pieces from around the world since its founding in 2005.
CPA remains closely aligned with UNC's academic mission, Moeser said. For example, a 2013 production of Igor Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring" was tied to 200 courses offered at the University that academic year.
Moeser, a classically trained organist, said he was especially committed to bringing the orchestras of the world to Chapel Hill.
Amy Russell, director of programming at Carolina Performing Arts, said working with Moeser was one of the great joys of her career.