The San Luis Obispo Symphony’s new head administrator is a former teacher and current Anglican clergy member with experience leading a symphony orchestra in the Central Valley.
Paso Robles resident Francie Levy, who spent seven years as executive director of Tulare County Symphony before retiring last year, will take over as general manager of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the nonprofit organization announced Monday evening in a news release.
"I am so excited to be back in 'Symphony World' after a year-long sabbatical as a retired person," Levy said in the news release.
She replaces former San Luis Obispo Symphony Executive Director Edmund Feingold, who was fired July 31.
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According to Lisa Nauful, the symphony’s assistant executive director and communications director, the executive committee of the symphony's board of directors voted unanimously to terminate Feingold's employment; she would not comment on the reasons behind the vote. He had served as San Luis Obispo Symphony executive director since July 2014.
Feingold’s departure came less than three months after the ouster of former Music Director Michael Nowak, who had held that post for 31 years.
In a decision that was announced publicly May 14, the symphony board voted unanimously to terminate Nowak's contract. The board has provided no details, saying only that the decision was a "confidential personnel matter.''
As general manager, Levy will “guide the symphony staff and focus primarily on donor and community relations,” Nauful wrote in Monday’s news release, while serving as a key member of the search and selection committee in charge of finding a new music director.
The search for Nowak’s replacement will begin in the next two months.
Levy, who taught history and literature for several years, was ordained by the late Bishop John-David Schofield of the Anglican Church in North America in 2007. She currently serves as an archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin.
She and her husband, Lawrence Akey, have four children and four grandchildren.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony kicks off its 2015-16 season on Oct. 3 with a concert at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-3533 or visit www.slosymphony.org.