At the heart of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission lies our goal to be an indispensable partner to our community, providing enrichment through inspiring concerts, music education programs, and access for everyone.
Posted: October 15, 2019
(October 14, 2019) - Santa Barbara, CA. – The Santa Barbara Symphony has added seven new board members since January, combining new and fresh perspectives with tremendous experience to set a new course for a strong sustainable future with artistic excellence at its core. Renee Grubb, Catherine Remak and Steve Thompson join the Symphony Board as the newest members, following the addition of Janet Garufis, Dan Burnham, Allen Mask, and Sarah Chrisman. The Symphony’s Board works to support the organization’s mission and to ensure the Santa Barbara community has the benefit of concerts produced for this community by a Maestro Nir Kabaretti and musicians who have worked together for more than thirteen years.
“This is an exciting time for the Symphony Board with these 7 new members joining forces with the existing committed board members to build a new future for this community treasure,” said Dr. Robert Weinman, Board Member.
The seven new board members join Jon Greenleaf, Chris Harris, Pam Johnston, Don Gilman, Mashey Bernstein, Stephen Erickson, Daniel Hochman, George Konstantinow, Kate Parker, Michelle Richardson, Stefan Riesenfeld, Howard J. Smith, and Robert Weinman.
In addition to the new members, the board has taken the action to update the organizational structure by naming Janet Garufis the Chair of the Board, Kevin A. Marvin the President and CEO, and Blaine Inafuku as the Vice President of Artistic Administration. This team works with the 10 dedicated staff members who support education, marketing, community engagement and fund development at the Santa Barbara Symphony.
“The recent work by the board of directors to add new directors, update the organizational structure and dedicate time to solidifying our vision is just one step in many you can expect from this group of dedicated volunteers who understand the value of symphonic music and our very own regional symphony,” said Janet Garufis. “It is an exciting time of change and growth at the Santa Barbara Symphony and I look forward to having the Santa Barbara community at our side to make sure we serve this community for many more decades to come!”
Renee Grubb founded Village Properties in 1996 with a business partner, with the goal of creating a community-conscious real estate agency committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork. Village Properties has a solid reputation for maintaining the highest quality business practices earning them the respect of the community. Grubb, a pioneer for charitable giving in Santa Barbara, established the award-winning ‘Teacher’s Fund’ to help local public and private elementary, junior high and high school teachers buy supplies and resources.
Steve Thompson is a local business owner and supporter of the visual and performing arts in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Dallas, Texas. Thompson and his family moved to Santa Barbara in 2002 and shortly thereafter designed and built the Cabana Home store in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, specializing in interior design, home furnishing and lighting.
He is the author of Design Guy, an interior design, home and lifestyle blog, and his projects have been featured in shelter media from local, regional, and national to international. Thompson focuses on supporting the visual and performing arts in Santa Barbara and in the local public schools.
With nearly 3 decades of experience in radio broadcast, Catherine Remak has one of the most recognizable voices in the Santa Barbara community. Catherine co-hosts the long-running radio show, “Gary and Katherine in the Morning” on KLITE, where she has been on the air for over 25 years.
Catherine is known as a champion for nonprofits, collectively volunteering thousands of hours as a board member, volunteer, emcee, and auctioneer at countless events for so many local organizations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Congressional recognition for using her career in broadcast to better the community.
Catherine has lived in Santa Barbara since 1967 and attended Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara.
To learn more about supporting the Santa Barbara Symphony, please contact Vice President of Advancement, Anais Pellegrini at Apellegrini@thesymphony.org or by calling (805) 898-0107. For more information on the Santa Barbara Symphony, or its programming, visit thesymphony.org.
About The Santa Barbara Symphony
The Santa Barbara Symphony was 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 and has just announced a new historic partnership with Carnegie Hall as Concerts For Young People Program (CYP) will be combined with Link Up program, a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, during the 2019/20 season. Charismatic Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti was appointed music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006. For additional information, visit thesymphony.org.