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Santa Rosa Symphony hires 20-year finance veteran Kathleen Gebhardt as Director of Finance & Administration

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 13, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes 20-year finance veteran Kathleen Gebhardt as its new Director of Finance & Administration. Gebhardt comes from a background in the healthcare industry, most recently as Director of Finance for Petaluma Health Center.   
A Symphony season subscriber, Gebhardt says, "I was immediately drawn to the Symphony’s Finance Director position because of my love of music, and my great respect for the amazing talent of the conductor, the musicians and everyone behind the scenes. The Symphony gives me the sense of satisfaction of supporting those who provide the beauty of music and educational opportunities to our community."
“Gebhardt is a consummate professional—capable, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. She will be a welcome addition to the team,” said President & CEO Alan Silow.
Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gebhardt's family moved to nearby Cedar Lake when she was in the fifth grade, where she enjoyed fishing, swimming, water skiing and driving fast boats. Exploring her interest in music, she played clarinet in high school band, sang soprano in the choir and taught herself how to play guitar. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Western Governors University in Salt Lake. A job transfer brought her to Santa Rosa, after spending 11 years in Pasadena.
Also a budding amateur photographer, Gebhardt photographs wildlife and landscapes with her fairly-new "real" camera and hopes to return to jewelry making soon. Gebhardt lives in Petaluma.
-High-res photos available upon request-
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 92 years, began his tenure in 2018. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. The organization infused the local economy with more than $4 million in 2018.
Currently in its 92nd season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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