Former director of the University Music Society to be the next executive director of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced that Sarah Calderini will be its new Executive Director.

Former director and chair of the board of trustees of the University Music Society at the University of Michigan, Calderini, will take office on Friday, December 10, during the orchestra’s 93rd season.

She will replace current A2SO Executive Director Tyler Rand, who will hold a position with a theater company in Houston, Texas. Rand assumed the role of Executive Director in 2019 upon the retirement of Mary Steffek Blaske.

Originally from Chicago, Calderini holds a BA in English from Union College in New York. She is also a graduate of the EXCEL program in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship from UM’s School of Music, Theater & Dance, and the Executive Strategy in Arts and Culture program from National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania.

She comes to the symphony after a long career in sales at Procter & Gamble and in a 16-year private company, bringing perspective from the corporate, corporate and nonprofit sectors, the symphony said in a statement.

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“Sarah has shown a long-term dedication and passion to enrich the artistic culture of our community. She has the leadership experience and keen sense to guide the continued growth of A2SO as well as the vision to expand the reach of our orchestra’s culture of artistic excellence. I am delighted to see the symphony have an even deeper impact and stronger engagement under his leadership, ”A2SO Board Chair Carol Sewell said in a statement.

The A2SO performs to 70,000 listeners each year and engages with the Ann Arbor audience through educational performances, community concerts, radio shows, virtual concerts and special events.

In a statement, Calderini said she was excited to work with the orchestra’s musicians, the board of directors, supporters, members of the public and the Ann Arbor community.

“Looking ahead to our centenary in 2028, we know this: we come together through an ever-growing love for the music we hold dear, but we stay together through shared experiences that are inclusive and accessible, building and strengthening our communities, and create opportunities for lasting and meaningful impact. I look forward to our next dynamic chapter at A2SO, ”she said.

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