Paige McFarling, who has served as interim marketing director for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra since October, has been appointed its executive director.
“We look forward to continuing the momentum that Paige has initiated during her interim role with the Symphony,” said Sandra Gray, chairwoman of the symphony’s board.
McFarling, an Indiana native, first came to Lancaster County in 2009. As chief operating officer of Linden Hall School in Lititz, according to a news release, she helped lead the school to record enrollment growth and completion of a $7 million academic center addition and renovation. She is trained in piano, voice, flute and oboe and brings a background of operational management, business development, and marketing and fundraising to the job. She has a master’s degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University and bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Evansville, Ind.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead this vital symphony orchestra and to work on behalf of such dedicated staff, musicians, and board members,” McFarling said. “My hope is to maintain the traditions and rich history of this organization while also building a dynamic, relevant musical enterprise that remains deeply embedded in the Lancaster community for dedicated patron audiences and attracts new audiences and friends alike.”
McFarling is the third executive director to serve in the nonprofit’s 66 years. She succeeds Scott Robinson, who left in October 2013 after about a dozen years.
McFarling said Robinson played a key role in the symphony’s evolution from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into a $1.7 million organization presenting professional musicians performing more than 25 concerts each year, often featuring international guest artists. Its nationally recognized Sound Discovery Community Engagement Programs offer interactive experiences to introduce classical music to students and adults throughout Lancaster County, and its longtime music director, Stephen Gunzenhauser, is the fifth most-recorded American conductor.