About the Santa Barbara Symphony

Kevin A. Marvin

Kevin A. Marvin is the President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He oversees operations, fundraising, marketing and communications, and works in partnership with the Music and Artistic Director on the programing, musician contracts, and performance logistics. 

Kevin has been with the Santa Barbara Symphony since December 2016. Prior to his tenure, he was the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Colorado Symphony. 

Kevin relocated to Santa Barbara from Denver, Colorado to be the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. As a Colorado native, Kevin spent the majority of his career in banking, where he served in many different capacities in both lending and executive management; most recently as Regional President for a large community bank.

During his banking career, his dedication to nonprofits, specifically those dedicated to music and the arts was as a volunteer. After more than 20 years in banking, Kevin decided to pursue a new career in arts management. 

His combined business skills, nonprofit management experience and passion for the performing arts make him a strong leader at the Santa Barbara Symphony. 

Kevin’s passion lies in the performing arts. He started playing the piano at age five, joined the band and choir in elementary school, became a classically trained organist and singer in high school and toured with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp—all before entering college as a Piano Performance major. He was the organist and choir accompanist for his church throughout his college years. He followed in his father's footsteps and began a career in banking right after college. After more than 25 years in banking, Kevin decided to pursue a new career in arts management. 

He has served on several local and national boards of directors, such as the Colorado Symphony, GALA Choruses, Inc., and the Rocky Mountain Arts Association. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and received his Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University’s School of Business and Economics. He completed the immersive Essentials of Orchestra Management program sponsored by the League of American Orchestras in 2016.

Kevin was born and raised in Colorado and is now happy to call Santa Barbara his home.