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Annapolis Symphony Forms Search Committee for New Executive Director

Following up on its announcement last week of the resignation of its Executive Director, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has formed a Search Committee and initiated a search for a new Executive Director and Chief Development Officer. 

The Symphony

The Annapolis Symphony, founded in 1962, is the leading performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city.  Featuring 70 professional union musicians who perform for audiences of all ages, the Symphony seeks to produce, present, and promote memorable symphonic music that increases the awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region.  The Symphony will launch its 58th season with its ever-popular Pops in the Park free concert at Quiet Waters Park on Labor Day weekend, which will preview the upcoming Masterworks Series titled “Beethoven Discovers America”.   The Symphony’s home venue is Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Music Director José-Luis Novo, who kicks off his 15th season with the Symphony, said “I look forward to partnering with a new Executive Director as we continue to realize the vision outlined in our SYMPHONY 2020 strategic framework and as detailed in our 3-Year Artistic Priorities. Key to our continued success is sustaining and strengthening our Masterworks, Chamber Series and Strathmore performances as well as deepening our key collaborations with the Annapolis Opera and the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Clubs.”

Artistic Priorities

Just as the Artistic Priorities emerged from the strategic framework, a number of important Educational Priorities were identified to deepen the social mission of the Symphony and reach audiences that do not otherwise have easy access to live classical music.  Key components of the educational programs include both sustaining and extending its Concerts for Schoolchildren, the Music Van and its Performing & Visual Arts Partnerships, which have brought music to thousands of youth in the region.  Doug Byerly, Chair of the Education & Outreach Committee noted, “We plan to add Chamber Music to this year’s lineup of programs as well as expand enrollment in the Annapolis Symphony Academy that starts its second year this September.”  Under the direction of Dr. Netanel Draiblate, the Academy’s Founder and Director, also the Symphony’s Concertmaster, this program identifies and nurtures musical talent in youth in an environment of artistic excellence as well as economic and cultural diversity.

About Annapolis

Annapolis is probably best known as the Sailing Capital of the U.S. and home of the U.S. Naval Academy.  It’s that and so much more.  Annapolis is a culture-rich community that offers an East Coast vibe with seafaring charm, a community that is home to St. John’s College, famous for a curriculum based around the Great Books of Western Civilization, the Chesapeake Bay with its authentic Maryland crabs and the modern maritime musical misfits known as The Eastport Oyster Boys. 

Board Chair Jane Casey noted that “We are confident that the appeal of this community, combined with the artistic and financial strength of the Annapolis Symphony, which recently concluded its second consecutive fiscal year with an operating surplus and no draw from its endowment, presents a very compelling professional opportunity.”  Asked about the Board’s expectations for completing the search, she noted, “While our goal is to have a new Executive Director in place by the beginning of the new year, ours has always been a working Board.  As such, we have the resources in place to ensure the necessary administrative and development work will continue uninterrupted while we find the right candidate to join our team.”

Interested candidates should send (in MS Word or PDF format only) a cover letter that outlines interest and qualifications, a resume, and a list of references to: search@annapolissymphony.org.   Applications will be reviewed upon receipt through October 31, 2019.  If necessary, the submission deadline will be extended until an appropriate candidate is identified.  Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee (at the above e-mail) which will respond to questions as promptly as possible. No calls please.

Media Contact: Jane Casey – rjntkc@gmail.com – 203.570.1866