The Board of Directors of the Asheville Symphony announced at the January 23, 2012 board meeting that Steven Hageman, Executive Director of the Asheville Symphony will assume a new role with the organization at the end of the 2011-12 season. Hageman has been at the helm of the Asheville Symphony since 1997. A search committee will be established to identify Mr. Hageman’s successor. He will continue to work with the Asheville Symphony during the transition and on development and other fundraising projects after the appointment of the new Executive Director.
Hageman said, “It has been very rewarding to have been involved in some of the most exciting times in the history of the Asheville Symphony, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the organization during this time. The artistic leadership provided by Daniel Meyer has been key to the Orchestra’s recent success, as has the very devoted and generous leadership of the board members. I could not have asked for a more supportive team of board, staff and musicians. I look forward to continuing to work with our wonderful orchestra in a different capacity.”
ASO Board President, Carolyn Hubbard, noted that “Steve’s professionalism, business expertise and love of classical music have been the perfect combination for his success in leading our organization to become the outstanding arts organization it is today.”
During his tenure, Mr. Hageman worked with the search committee in 2003 to find a new Music Director after the twenty–two year leadership of Robert Hart Baker. Working with Music Director Daniel Meyer, the Asheville Symphony increased the number of Masterworks concerts from six performances to seven, added two Young People’s Concerts and, just recently, performed a free outdoor Labor Day concert for the community. Hageman was successful in acquiring funding through grants and donations for a stage extension and new lighting in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and the purchase of a Steinway piano last year.
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