Saturday, May 30, 2009

President of Vancouver Symphony (WA) leaves post

It looks like there's a job opening at the Vancouver Symphony. Here's the press release that they just sent regarding the resignation of president Celia Gesting.


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that Celia Gesting has left her position as president to pursue other opportunities. The VSO Board of Directors has appointed Scott Milam to be interim president while it searches for a permanent replacement for Ms. Gesting. The VSO does not anticipate any disruption in the schedule of events during the transition.

Ms. Gesting was the first president of The VSO and has served in that position since July 2007. During her tenure, audiences during the VSO's scheduled season concerts has increased by 15% and season ticket sales have increased by more than 31%. Also, The VSO has greatly expanded its efforts to reach out to the community by providing in-school concerts for over 1,500 students. It also sponsors a Young Artist Competition and Concert for performers 18 years or younger in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area.

Mr. Milam has served as a VSO Board member since 2007. He previously had served as a partner and owner of the Cascadia Women’s Clinic and Executive Director of The Salvation Army in Portland. His longest tenure was with NW Natural, for which he worked for twenty years in various positions.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was founded and first directed by Walter E. Cleland in 1978 and has been under the musical direction of Maestro Salvador Brotons since 1991. It provides high quality musical programming for the enjoyment of area residents. The VSO is a 70-member professional orchestra presenting outstanding guest artists and varied programs from October through May in a six-concert season.

For information on the 2009-2010 season schedule or other events, call (360) 735-7278 or visit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on-line at For information concerning this press release, please contact Renee Newman, Chairman of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, at (360) 759-3512.

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