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Symphony San Jose names classical music industry leader Robert Massey General Director

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International search garnered interest from exceptional candidates around the world

SAN JOSE, Calif. - EntSun -- Respected West Coast orchestra Symphony San Jose is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Massey to General Director. The Symphony San Jose Board of Directors created a 7-person search committee of directors and musicians of the Symphony to identify a successor to founder Andrew Bales pending his long-planned retirement. Assisted by Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of management services to the arts industry, the search committee was presented with the most qualified and diverse candidates from around the world. A veteran in the classical music space, Massey built a reputation as a dynamic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader in the music industry. He has served as chief executive of the Jacksonville Symphony, Opera Festival of Chicago, Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Washington Bach Consort.

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"I'm delighted to be appointed General Director of Symphony San Jose," said Massey. "This is an incredibly unique opportunity as the Symphony celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. It is an honor to be part of such an esteemed group and I am excited to work in collaboration with the talented staff and artists to bring audiences meaningful musical experiences."

Throughout his 25-year career in arts administration, Massey has commissioned more than 50 new compositions, choreographies, and stage productions; overseen two performing arts venue construction projects; led three multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns; and co-founded the Opera Festival of Chicago, Iris Orchestra, and Opus Concert Café.

"We are thrilled to bring Robert into the Symphony San Jose family," said Board Chair Richard Conniff. "Highly respected across the country with a rich history of musical expertise, he is the ideal leader to bring us together and strengthen our connection and impact in the community. Our board looks forward to working with him."

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About Symphony San Jose
Symphony San Jose is Silicon Valley's premiere professional orchestra and one of the Bay Area's most notable arts institutions. With a classics series, movie series, and youth education program, Symphony San Jose is an anchor of the region's cultural ethos. The company is a leader in presenting diverse programing, producing world-class experiences, and supporting the local musician community. With its downtown SoFA arts district home in the historic California Theatre, Symphony San Jose is proud to carry the name of America's tenth largest city. To learn more, visit https://www.symphonysanjose.org/.

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