Annapolis Symphony Launches Search for New Executive Director


Press Release

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2023

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Launch of Search for New Executive Director


Annapolis, Maryland – The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, a premier regional orchestra based in Maryland’s state capital, has begun a nationwide search for a new executive director.

The new leader will play a crucial role in guiding the future growth of the nonprofit organization, working in collaboration with Artistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo. 

The executive director serves as the chief operating officer of the ASO and reports to the Board of Trustees through the board chair. This position is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the ASO, including human and financial resources, and implementing policies set by the trustees.

“The ASO looks forward to welcoming a dynamic, community-oriented leader to partner with the Artistic Director and Board of Trustees to grow the impact and relevance of the ASO throughout the Annapolis region and beyond,” said Shelley Row, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Row and Novo are members of a 10-person search committee, which will review applications submitted through Aug. 11. The search period will be extended if necessary.

“The ASO has designed a carefully thought-out search process to find our next executive director. Our organization could not be in a better position to attract the most talented professionals in the field, so I am extremely hopeful we will find someone who will add top administrative skills and will be an essential force in helping the Symphony and the Academy to reach the ambitious goals we have set for the upcoming years,” Novo said. 

A successful candidate should demonstrate at least five years of senior management experience in non-profit organizations, including a minimum of three years of experience in designing and leading successful development strategies and fundraising; fiscal management and budgeting skills within non-profit organizations; experience in community networking and the ability to foster and maintain a collegial and productive staff. The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Other desired qualifications include a working knowledge of orchestral music, production, and operations; experience managing a comprehensive, capital, or endowment campaign; experience negotiating and managing union contracts and requirements.

For a fuller list of the executive director’s responsibilities, qualifications and compensation, please visit the ASO online. Applications should be submitted to search@annapolissymphony.org

About the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is entering their 62nd season of making beautiful music in Maryland’s capital city and beyond. Last year the Symphony brought 67 live concerts to tens of thousands of audience members. Many of the concerts were offered free or at a greatly discounted rate to seniors, military service members, and students. The Annapolis Symphony expanded the Masterworks season to include additional performances as well as concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore, and continued to build the very successful Annapolis Symphony Academy. Season 62 will feature six Masterworks concerts, including three performances at Music Center at Strathmore, three chamber concerts across Annapolis and Bowie, two free community concerts in Anne Arundel County Parks, the annual Holiday Pops and Family concerts, and three days of concerts for school-aged groups at Maryland Hall. Comprised of nine staff members and 70 professional musicians, the Annapolis Symphony produces classical, chamber, pops, and family concerts each year, as well as multiple performances in schools, mental health facilities, museums and hospitals. 

The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate, and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As we celebrate our 62nd year in Annapolis, we are more intent than ever on bringing More Music, To More Places, For More People.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra offers subscription packages, both for in-person and virtual viewing, as well as tickets for single in-person programs. For more information or to purchase tickets or subscriptions, visit AnnapolisSymphony.org or contact the box office at 410-263-0907.

Media Contact: Diana Love, Director of Marketing and Communications, DLove@annapolissymphony.org – 410-267-3631