Tucson Symphony Orchestra Engages National Firm to Recruit President and Chief Executive Officer

by Tucson Symphony

91-Year Old Institution Embarking On Exciting New Chapter

(Tucson, AZ)─The Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has engaged the Aspen Leadership Group (ALG), an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, to find the next president and chief executive officer for the TSO.

“The president and chief executive officer of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be a leading member of the city’s growing, innovative arts and culture community; responsible for securing the resources necessary for the $5.4M organization to transform lives–in the concert hall, classrooms and throughout the region,” commented TSO Interim President and CEO Kathryn R. Martin. “This is an exciting time for the Board and staff, and momentum is building.”

In collaborative partnership with Music Director José Luis Gomez, the president and CEO will develop, communicate and implement a programmatic vision that amplifies the orchestra’s unique identity and purpose in Tucson as well as its relevance in the orchestral field in the US and beyond.

The TSO Search Committee, appointed by Board Chair, Autumn van den Berg and chaired by long-time TSO supporter and Trustee John Palmer, is comprised of members of the TSO board, community and orchestra.  The launch of the search reflects another milestone in the organization’s trajectory—signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the TSO’s musicians, extending Music Director José Luis Gomez’s contract through 2024, appointing veteran arts transition strategist Kathryn R Martin as Interim President & CEO, appointing Glenn Paris as Vice President of Development and Bruce Robinson as Vice President of Patron Loyalty, and launching an innovative, data-driven, customer-journey-focused retention and acquisition initiative based upon the Long Haul Model.

Aspen Leadership Group is a national team of philanthropy leaders. Their search services and leader-to-leader consulting focus on navigating successful careers as well as building teams and cultures that enable organizations to engage all of their potential donors and to raise the largest possible gifts. In partnership with the entire ALG Community, ALG seeks to strengthen the advancement profession and enhance philanthropy’s transformative and essential impact on society.

At 91 years old, the TSO is the longest continuously performing professional arts organization in Arizona, and was the first professional symphony orchestra in the Southwest. With a diverse season of  classics, pops and award-winning music education programs, TSO impacts more than 120,000 lives each year, infuses millions into the economy of Southern Arizona annually, and attracts over 75 professional musicians from across the country to live, perform and teach in Tucson and throughout the state.

Contact: Terry Marshall, Public Relations Manager, 520.620.9158