SAN LUIS OBISPO (CA) – The San Luis Obispo Symphony has added six local professionals to its Board of Directors, bringing a wealth of experience in business development, finance and fundraising to the organization in its 57th season. David Hamilton, Board President, has worked to build the board in support of the Symphony’s mission to bring classical music and music education to San Luis Obispo County. With the new members, the Symphony Board currently has 18 directors.
“It’s a very exciting time at the Symphony,” exclaimed Hamilton. “We have a new music director, new executive director and staff members and a growing board of directors. All is in place to bring to our audiences exceptional and memorable live music performances featuring internationally known soloists and our own professional musicians in the orchestra.”
New Symphony Board Members
Melodie Beard: has loved music her whole life. She moved to San Luis Obispo in 2002, playing the viola throughout high school and singing in school and local choirs, currently a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Melodie graduated from UC Irvine and Abraham Lincoln University Law School. She began her career as a criminal defense lawyer in 2012, and started working at the Public Defender's Office in 2015.
Kim Cade: grew up in Porterville, CA and was raised in a musical home. Kim's appreciation for music, (particularly gospel, classical, jazz, and choral genres), began at a very young age. Kim attended California State University of Fresno as a music major, while working in the banking industry. She continued her financial work in Houston, Texas for 15 years. Kim has been in the financial industry for 25 years. Today, she is Assistant Vice President of Business Services for SESLOC Federal Credit Union, overseeing the new Business Services and Treasury Management department.
Roxanne Carr: Celebrating over 35 years in SLO County, Roxanne has more than 44 years as a mortgage banking professional. Before turning her talents and energies to The Mortgage House, Ms. Carr was the West Coast Regional Vice President for ARCS Mortgage, Inc, one of the nation’s leading mortgage bankers where she supervised the operations of 27 branches. She has served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Cuesta College Foundation, is currently President of the Friends of the Cuesta Performing Arts Center Board.
Paul Severtson: is the former Development Director at Public Radio KCBX FM-90. He attended Yale College where he was the first concertmaster of the Yale Symphony under the direction of John Mauceri. He received his Master of Music degree at the Yale University School of Music, where he studied violin with Broadus Erle and Syoko Aki. He has played in several professional settings and genres, including symphony, opera, ballet and chamber orchestras; popular, rock 'n roll and jazz groups; contemporary music ensembles; and as a folk musician with special interest in the Norwegian hardanger fiddle. Tom is a long-time co-concertmaster of the Symphony, stepping down this past year.
Thomas Sherman, M.D.: Mark Sherman is an specializing in corneal surgery, ocular infectious disease and immunology at Pacific Eye. He is also an accomplished pianist that has appeared on many previous symphony venues.
Victoria Schmidt: Victoria Schmidt is a Registered Dietician and worked in healthcare in San Luis Obispo County for more than 30 years. She is also on the board of Hospice San Luis Obispo County.
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