Symphony Announces CEO Search

OWENSBORO – Owensboro Symphony Governing Board of Director’s Chair Edna Barnes has appointed a Chief Executive Officer Search and Transition Committee. The committee will lead efforts to search for and select a candidate for recommendation to the full Governing Board.

“Each member of the committee brings a certain expertise to the table and will represent all stakeholders within the organization,” said Barnes. ” This group of individuals have all been heavily involved with the Symphony throughout the years, many of which were involved in the Conductor Search Committee that hired Troy Quinn.”

In addition to Barnes, others serving on the committee will be Jay Wethington(Chair), Allen Holbrook, Sarah Howard, Charlotte Burton, Cheryl Houston and Troy Quinn.

“One of our first steps as a committee will be to identify the skills and traits people believe we should have in our next CEO,” said Jay Wethington. “That process will begin immediately through utilization of a written survey. It’s important for the committee to hear from others.”

About the Position

The Chief Executive Officer of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is responsible for the supervision of all administrative operations; manages season and single ticket sale campaigns and all fundraising campaigns; oversees all educational programs and community engagement activities; negotiates all contracts; prepares all budgets; participates in development of program repertoire and selection of guest artists; serves as the primary spokesperson for the Owensboro Symphony; supervises all full and part-time staff.


Qualified applicants should have a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a management role at a performing arts or similar nonprofit organization. The ideal candidate is currently serving  as a lead manager in a smaller orchestra or holds a senior position in a larger orchestra. Candidates should also possess a strong command of the business of running a performing arts organization, including financial management, staff development, communication skills, and a track record in donor stewardship and the successful solicitation of major gifts. Candidates must also know how to work effectively with a Music Director, Board members, staff, musicians, and volunteers and have an avid interest in and/or knowledge of orchestral music or a closely related art form.


A complete application packet should contain the following items: 1) A personal letter of interest from the candidate specific to this position; 2) Resume detailing education and experience; 3) Names and phone numbers of at least five professional references to include arts administrators and governing board members; 4) Salary expectations.

For consideration, please send complete materials to: by July 15, 2019.  Receipt of the application packet will be acknowledged.

More detailed information regarding the position can be found at