Symphony of the Vines gets its first executive director
–James Davis has been selected to serve as North County nonprofit orchestra Symphony of the Vines’ first executive director. He began his time as head of the nonprofit this fall.
“James is our first [executive director],” Symphony of the Vines Music Director Dr. Greg Magie said. “We have had it in our five-year plan for the past couple years to hire an ED to help with the coordination of the board, music director and volunteers.”
Magie said part of the job of the executive director is to give the symphony more of a presence in the community. “Our board has been made up of mostly musicians and music lovers, and not necessarily folks with business or nonprofit backgrounds,” he said.
Davis’ background is in nonprofit management, business development, marketing, fund development and events.
“I love music and have promoted local, regional and national bands,” Davis said, adding that his most recent gig was for Sunset Savor the Central Coast and Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend Event in Menlo Park. Additionally, he hosts a weekly radio show on 97.3 The Rock called “Flash Forward-Flash Back Friday.” His show includes a mix of local, national and international music and live interviews.
In his new position, Davis said he wants to broaden public awareness of the symphony, build the scholarship campaign, and fund development activities.
Davis is married to Eileen Davis, who teaches for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. They have five adult children and a 2.5-year-old granddaughter.
“Having an [executive director] will be a great asset to the board and symphony,” Magie said.
Upcoming concerts for the 2015-16 season
- “Double Date: Concertos for Two” at Old Mission San Miguel on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. The concert includes J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and concertos for two instruments by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Geminiani. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $15 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at Matt’s Music, 211 S. Main St. in Templeton, Boo Boo Records, 978 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, or the Chamber of Commerce offices in Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, and Cambria.
- “A Hunting We Will Go” on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles
- “Passport Series: Music of England and Scandinavia” on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at Mission San Miguel
The symphony is in its sixth season and is led by its officers, President Judith Baron and Treasurer Peter Jandula-Hudson; board members, Al Ikeda, Suzanne Rose, Clifton Swanson and Rich Ward; and directors, Magie, Development Director Steve Martin, Marketing Director Suzanne Rose, Advertising Director Rena Ferro, Musical Liaisons Clifton Swanson and Rich Ward.
For more information, go to www.symphonyofthevines.org or call (805) 234-5056.