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Martin Sher Joins North Carolina Symphony as Vice President & General Manager

Posted: February 04, 2013
Martin Sher Joins North Carolina Symphony as Vice President & General Manager

Martin Sher joins the North Carolina Symphony today as Vice President & General Manager. "I am delighted to welcome Martin to the staff of North Carolina Symphony,” said Symphony President and CEO Sandi Macdonald said.  “His career in orchestra management, alongside his experience as a professional musician, makes him the ideal person to work with Music Director Grant Llewellyn and me to shape the vision and future of our extraordinary orchestra.”

Mr. Sher brings nearly two decades of experience to the post of NCS Vice President & General Manager.  He has overall responsibility for management of the orchestra; including artistic planning, operations and production, and educational/community partnership activities.  His career includes serving as Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012, as a professional musician with the Colorado Symphony from 2000-2008, and before that the Berlin Philharmonic, as Principal with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and work as a violist and violinist with other orchestras in the United States and abroad.

“I am honored to be a part of the North Carolina Symphony,” said Mr. Sher.  “I look forward to working with the Symphony leadership team, and the musicians, trustees, staff, volunteers, and communities throughout North Carolina as we continue to tell the powerful story of this great orchestra – on and off the stage.”

Mr. Sher, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Viola Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, also trained at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He was awarded a prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship from the League of American Orchestras in 2007.  The year-long leadership training program is designed to prepare executive careers in orchestra management.  The program consists of a series of residencies with orchestras of various sizes across the United States, along with intensive work with executive coaches and mentoring from industry leaders.  During the fellowship year, he worked with the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

The appointment of Mr. Sher was supported by a search committee led by Ms. Macdonald and comprised of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, Executive Committee Trustee Don Davis, Senior Vice President for Finance, Administration & CFO Rob Schiller and Bruce Ridge, NCS bass player, and chair of the Orchestra Committee. Mr. Sher succeeds Scott Freck, who served in the same capacity at North Carolina Symphony from 2000-2012.  Mr. Freck is now the Executive Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

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