Kearns, a flutist and piccolo player, is currently executive director of the Nashua Symphony Orchestra of New Hampshire. She previously worked for the Wallingford Symphony and Waterbury Symphony, both in Connecticut, and has written for various newspapers as a freelance writer.
The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra is one of just three professional cooperative orchestras in the United States, according to the group. Musicians collaborate with music director Isaiah Jackson in choosing repertoire, guest artists, and new players, and they elect members of the board.
"The musicians of The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and I are looking forward to the infusion of new energy in the organization under Ms. Kearns's administrative leadership," Jackson said in a statement. "Her background as a professional musician and her wealth of experience in the arts have given her a management style that fits well with Pro Arte's cooperative spirit."