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.