New director picked for Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board

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The Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board will have a new executive director starting Aug. 15.

Mieko Di Sano has been named Executive Director of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board. She will take the position on August 15.  SPECIAL
Mieko Di Sano has been named Executive Director of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board. She will take the position on August 15.

Mieko Di Sano succeeds Sandra Self, who has served as executive director of the symphony since 1999.

The six-month national search ended with the unanimous recommendation of the search committee, according to Brian J. Marks, president of Symphony Orchestra Augusta.

“We are delighted that Mieko Di Sano will join Symphony Orchestra Augusta as our executive director at this critical and exciting time in our Orchestra’s development,” he said in a news release.

Di Sano recently completed a year as a fellow with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The program is designed to prepare mid-career professionals for executive leadership positions in the arts.

Di Sano earned a bachelor of music degree in French horn performance from the University of Michigan. She was awarded both a master of music and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Southern California. She previously managed the youth orchestra and served as mentor-artist, director of education and outreach, and artistic administrator for the Young Musicians Foundation in Los Angeles.

“Mieko’s deep love for music, her enthusiasm for orchestras, and her strong business skills will make her an excellent executive director for us. I very much look forward to our working together,” Music Director Shizuo Z Kuwahara said in the release.

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willie7 07/30/12 - 03:06 pm
Happy to see new people come

Happy to see new people come to Augusta with new ideas.
Congratulations to the Synphony Orchestra Augusta for searching for the best.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/30/12 - 03:22 pm
New Season

I haven't attended much in the last three or four years because I haven't been interested in the programming. But I got next season's program book in the mail Saturday and I plan to go to at least two concerts this season.

serrano 07/30/12 - 07:39 pm
New Director

Having a new executive director will hopefully give the orchestra a shot in the arm. The "new" conductor has taken the orchestra and has hurt moral and many musicians are quitting or in the process of quitting. The new executive director could help turn this around. The fact that she is a musician should help. Only time will tell.

ColumbiaCountyOrchestraA 07/31/12 - 03:49 pm
Ms. DiSano

Columbia County Orchestra wishes great success to Ms. DiSano. A new chapter will be starting for SOA. We wish them great success. Building bridges and reaching out to the arts community all over the CSRA is the way to go. Good luck!

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