Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Appoints Chief Executive

ASO_Masters_Series239x137The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has appointed Barbara George as Chief Executive, succeeding outgoing Chief Executive Rainer Jozeps.

Ms George, a New Zealander, is currently Chief Executive of the renowned New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, and comes to this role from 17 years of arts management and Chief Executive experience, including senior roles with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra (Seattle, USA), and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

As well as managing orchestras, Ms George has also held a senior role with Nevada Ballet Theatre (Las Vegas, USA), and governance positions with arts and marketing organisations.

“We are pleased to have attracted an arts professional to this role, particularly someone whose career has been spent largely in senior management positions with symphony orchestras.  This specialist knowledge cannot be underestimated in a busy and thriving arts market such as Adelaide”, said ASO Chairman Tim O’Loughlin.

“It is testimony to the ASO’s standing that we were able to attract interest from around Australia and overseas, and we are confident that we have found the best person for the job from a strong field of candidates” he said.

Ms George, who holds a Bachelor of Music in performance, and an MBA in Marketing, has considerable achievements in managing sponsorship relationships and international touring.

“I am very pleased to have been chosen as Mr Jozeps successor, with an exceptional orchestra and state asset.  I am looking forward to getting to know the players, working with Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer, and leading an experienced and dedicated management team.  The Board of the ASO has already made me welcome, and my husband, three year old son, and I, look forward to becoming long term Adelaide residents shortly.”

“Adelaide is so well regarded for its vibrant music and arts culture, and I have long known that the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is excellent, and contributes in a significant way to the other resident companies such as the Adelaide Festival and State Opera South Australia.  It is these collaborations that make this position a particularly exciting next step for me.”

Ms George will commence in the role mid November 2010.

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