Santa Barbara Symphony names new executive director
Kevin A. Marvin, who served as executive director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He will succeed David Pratt, who was recently named chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia.
Marvin’s appointment is effective Dec. 1 and was unanimously approved by the symphony board on Oct. 26.
“The symphony is very excited about the result of our robust executive search process. I am convinced that Kevin is the right individual to build on our recent momentum and position the symphony for even greater success,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Board President Arthur Swalley. “It is remarkable that a city this size would boast so much leadership talent. We are honored to share this connection with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and deeply respect the organization’s family of supporters and its reputation for excellence.”
A native of Colorado, Marvin had a career in banking before being named executive director of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association, a regional nonprofit. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. He recently completed the League of American Orchestras’ immersive “Essentials of Orchestra Management” professional development seminar.
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