Santa Barbara Symphony News
Kate Kurlas to Lead Santa Barbara Symphony Marketing and Sales Team as Vice President of Marketing
July 18, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA— Kate Kurlas, an award-winning executive with more than a decade of marketing, sales and operations experience will join the Santa Barbara Symphony and lead the marketing and sales team and strategic revenue initiatives.
“Not only is Kate a local Santa Barbaran who knows the community and culture, she is an expert in target marketing and brand positioning which will greatly benefit the Symphony organization and our audiences,” said Kevin Marvin, executive director. “As a leader, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a solid group of highly-experienced and creative management team members and to work side-by-side to implement the new strategic vision for the community. In August, Kate joins the Santa Barbara Symphony as a key member of this special team and I look forward to accomplishing great things together.”
Prior to joining the Symphony, Kate worked at The Granada Theatre in various leadership roles. Most recently, she was director of marketing and sales and previously as director of operations. She is a graduate of UCSB where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, and an associate’s degree in commercial arts from Santa Barbara City College. She is in the current class of Emerging Leaders, a leadership program through Leading From Within to empower and elevate the next generation of nonprofit leaders. She dedicates her volunteer time to Santa Barbara Beautiful as the 2nd vice president on the board of directors.
“I’m honored to be joining the Santa Barbara Symphony team on the eve of the 65th anniversary,” said Kurlas “From the world class performances led by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, to the detailed educational outreach programs, the Symphony is doing amazing programming in our local community. I look forward to bringing more than a decade of nonprofit and arts marketing management to this organization, as we look forward to the next 65 years.”
This season opens in October with the Symphony Ball on Friday, October 19, and performances of “Rhapsody in Blue” on Saturday and Sunday October 20-21 in celebration of the Symphony’s 65th anniversary. Subscriptions to the 65th anniversary season are still available and provide the best seats at the best price. Purchase online 24/7 at TheSymphony.org or by phone at 805.898.9386. The next decade and for decades to come, the Santa Barbara community will continue to see the benefits of the creative Symphony programing, a strong presence in the community and the schools, and the talents of the musicians—this year under the leadership of conductor, Nir Kabaretti.
The Santa Barbara Symphony, founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. Consistently lauded for its unique ability to present brilliant concerts, engage the community, and deliver dynamic music education programs, the organization prizes both innovation and artistic excellence, and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Its award-winning Music Education Center serves more than 10,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County each year. Charismatic Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti was appointed music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006.