Symphony in C names a new President
June 30, 2010 - (Camden, NJ) Symphony in C and Music Director Rossen Milanov are pleased to announce the appointment of Krishna Thiagarajan as the new President of Symphony in C, effective September 1, 2010.
Krishna Thiagarajan has served with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) since 2008, first as the Education Director and currently as the Senior Director of Artistic Operations and Education. During his tenure Krishna made significant contributions to the RPO in the areas of artistry, finance, education and audience development, creating innovative programs, forging new relationships and facilitating new opportunities for the RPO.
Board Chairman Robert Kugler remarked, "In Krishna Thiagarajan, we think that we have found that rare combination of a musically talented business leader who can lead the Symphony to new levels of community involvement and economic stability while not sacrificing the artistic excellence which has become the hallmark of Symphony in C."
“The conductors and I applaud Symphony in C for such a fine choice in leadership,” said Charles H. Owens, President and CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. “During his tenure at the RPO, Krishna has played an instrumental role in ensuring artistic, educational, and organizational excellence. A pianist himself, Krishna worked closely with our musicians and our administrative team to bring exciting innovations as well as economic efficiencies to our programming, as well as to help us launch an international search for our next artistic leader.”
Dr. Krishna Thiagarajan received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana University. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Maryland, where he trained and supervised assistant piano instructors and developed and implemented the curriculum. In 1997, he founded and directed Kammermusik Kurs in Dortmund, Germany, a chamber music festival with internationally acclaimed faculty and students. Prior to his appointment at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, he was Lecturer and Coordinator of Accompanying at the University of Central Arkansas. As a performing pianist, Dr. Thiagarajan has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs. Performing at the Gordon Theater at Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, New Jersey, Symphony in C serves over 90,000 people annually through its critically-acclaimed concert series, educational outreach programs and radio broadcasts. Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and strives to continue making artistic, educational, and economic impact on a regional, national and global scale.
Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Subaru of America, William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation and New Jersey Cultural Trust. Symphony in C is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA).