San Luis Obispo Symphony's executive director to step down

slinn@thetribunenews.comAugust 21, 2013 

Jim Black is stepping down as executive director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, becoming the second person to leave that post in roughly two years.

In a news release Wednesday, Black said he plans to leave after his successor is found to focus on “family commitments and responsibilities.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with our wonderful community supporters, our talented orchestra and the hard-working staff and board,” said Black, a former strategist and project manager for high-tech businesses in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. “They are an exceptional group of people who have contributed immeasurably to our thriving music community.”

Black served on the symphony’s board of directors for eight years before taking over as executive director in 2011. His predecessor, Brian Hermanson, stepped down just one season after replacing longtime Executive Director Sandi Sigurdson.

Symphony Board President India D’Avignon described Black’s tenure as “an enriching time for the symphony and the community.”

A nationwide search for a new executive director will start immediately, the news release said, with the goal of having a new director in place by December.

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