Brian Hermanson chosen to lead San Luis Obispo Symphony

The San Luis Obispo Symphony has a new executive director.

Brian Hermanson has been selected to head the symphony orchestra, communications director Patty Thayer announced Friday.

A trained musician and recording artist, Hermanson earned a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from the acclaimed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

A founding member of the Cerulean Wind Quintet, Hermanson founded the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and served as its executive director. He served as after-school programs director of Crockett Elementary School, a Houston charter school that received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and won Oprah Winfrey’s Wildest Dreams competition.

Most recently, he served as executive director of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra in Kennesaw, Ga.

Hermanson replaces Sandi Sigurdson, who stepped down last year after 15 years as symphony director. She now heads Leadership San Luis Obispo, a countywide training program operated under the auspices of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

At age 29, Hermanson is the symphony’s youngest executive director to date, Thayer said.

Hermanson is set to assume his new post April 15.

Thayer said the symphony will formally welcome its new director May 1 at its season finale concert.

-- By Sarah Linn