Flagstaff Symphony Association Welcomes New Executive Director!
Mr. Barton holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. In addition, he has ten years of progressive leadership and management experience in the arts with a work history that includes positions in orchestra operations, artistic planning, marketing, and patron services. Mr. Barton has also completed extensive professional development through the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Leadership Academy programs.
“Chris has a lot of fresh ideas, and will be a great asset to the FSA and our community,” said Cheryl Ossenfort, current President of the FSA Board of Directors. “The entire Board is looking forward to working with him.”
Mr. Barton, currently the Marketing/Box Office Manager for the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will assume his new position with the Flagstaff Symphony in January 2014.
Prior to his position at UNC Charlotte, Mr. Barton worked for five seasons with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony Orchestra as its Artistic Administrator and Operations Manager.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been named the next Executive Director of the Flagstaff Symphony,” Barton said. “The interview process introduced me to a committed Board of Directors and administrative staff and revealed the tremendous talent and energy of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra musicians and Artistic Director and Conductor, Elizabeth Schulze. My family and I are excited about becoming part of the Flagstaff community and I am looking forward to working with this wonderful group of people."
Join us in welcoming Christopher Barton at our January performance, FSO Master- Musicans at 7:30pm on Friday, January 17, 2014!