Santa Barbara Symphony News

Message from the Interim Executive Director: WELCOME!

September 02, 2016

WELCOME!

In my first month leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, I’ve heard this wonderful word almost every day. I’ve been warmly welcomed to the Santa Barbara Symphony family by the small and mighty professional staff, the dedicated Board of Directors, our generous supporters, and fellow arts leaders in town and around the country.

As we prepare for the opening of our 64th season, we’re welcoming new season subscribers, first-time donors, new community partners, volunteers and docents, and all our teachers, mentors and students starting a new school year of Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center activities.


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Santa Barbara Symphony Seeks Co-Investors to Expand Afterschool Music Education Program

August 04, 2016

New partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program will create more learning opportunities for area elementary students.

The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking additional funding partners for a proposed expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program for public elementary students in grades five and six. Under the plan, the Symphony – in a new operational partnership with the SBUSD – will augment district teaching staff and extend the program’s hands-on instrument instruction to fourth-grade students. The Symphony also will assume greater responsibility for administering the program, including managing teaching artists.


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Kathryn Martin Named Interim Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony

July 26, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — Kathryn R. Martin, an interim leadership and transition specialist with more than 25 years’ experience counseling and managing arts and cultural organizations nationwide, has been named interim executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. She will replace David Pratt, who was recently appointed chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Martin’s appointment is effective August 1.

“We are so pleased to have a professional of Kathryn’s caliber assume this important role as we conduct a search for a new executive director,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “She has an outstanding reputation and is nationally known in her field. We are grateful to have her leadership during this transition.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony to Commence Season With Bit of Beethoven

July 20, 2016

Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion Oct. 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9, featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at The Granada Theatre.

The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, including a pair of non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $62. 

“Next season we highlight our ties to the community and abroad with a series of fantastic collaborations, beginning with the very first concert,” said Symphony General Manager Susan Anderson. “And as audiences have come to expect, our own fabulous musicians will be in exceptionally fine form. Come join us.”


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S.B. Symphony Subscription Sales Underway

July 15, 2016

Local choruses will unite for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to open the season October 15.

Santa Barbara, CA — Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at the Granada Theatre. The orchestra will present a total of nine programs over the course of its 64th season, including a pair of non-subscription concerts. Series packages start at $62.

“Next season we highlight our ties to the community and abroad with a series of fantastic collaborations, beginning with the very first concert,” said Symphony General Manager Susan Anderson. “And as audiences have come to expect, our own fabulous musicians will be in exceptionally fine form. Come join us.”


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S.B. Symphony Director David Pratt Named Queensland Symphony Chief Executive

July 07, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — David Pratt, who spearheaded a remarkable turnaround as executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, positioning the organization for a new era of fiscal well being, has been appointed chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. He will assume his new position in September.

Named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in December 2014, Mr. Pratt began serving in his current role the following March. Under his leadership the organization overcame a significant budget shortfall and has posted impressive institutional gains. Annual giving and single-ticket sales are up 12 and 20 percent, respectively, and subscription sales are on the rise.

“David’s organizational talent and energy have had a transformative influence on the Santa Barbara Symphony,” said Board President Arthur Swalley. “In his short time with us, he has refocused our efforts on key strategic metrics, including cost-effective marketing, development processes, financial controls, and expanded education programming. We are grateful for the critical work he has accomplished. Our Symphony is now in excellent shape with great potential moving forward.”


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