Erin Freeman has been selected as the new artistic director for Wintergreen Performing Arts. She will assume her new duties effective Oct. 1, according to a news release. 

Larry Alan Smith, WPA’s Artistic and Executive Director since 2006, has chosen to step down at the end of WPA’s 2014 fiscal year to return to composing as well as to pursue other musical interests.

“After concluding an exhaustive national search, we are delighted to welcome Erin to Wintergreen,” said Tom Steele, president of the board, in a news release. “She brings a level of energy, a breadth of musical experience and a love of performing arts that will surely enrich the audience experience for all of us.”

Freeman has a background in orchestral, choral, and ballet conducting; secondary, college, and conservatory teaching; artistic and community planning; and nonprofit management.