SAN RAFAEL, CA – After a three-month national search, the Marin Symphony Association today announced the appointment of Tod Brody as its Executive Director, effective August 1st. Brody succeeds Jeff vom Saal, who was recently appointed Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony after a four-year tenure in Marin.
Brody comes to the Marin Symphony with fifteen years of executive experience in the performing arts, having most recently served for the past three years as Executive Director of San Francisco-based Opera Parallèle. During his tenure with Opera Parallèle, he oversaw a period of significant artistic and financial growth. Brody is also a professional flutist and a lecturer in Music at UC Davis. He and his wife, Susan Walker, live in Petaluma with their ten-year old son Gabriel.
Brody said that he is honored and excited to be appointed Executive Director of the preeminent organization in the cultural landscape of Marin County. “I’ve been part of the Marin Symphony community in a multitude of ways, for many years, and to have the opportunity to participate in leading the organization onward and upward is a really natural next step for me. I’m looking forward to making strong connections with the Symphony’s supporters, to partnering with the board, the musicians, the staff, and to working alongside Alasdair Neale, whom I’ve long admired.”
Neale, the Marin Symphony’s Music Director since 2001, said that he is delighted to welcome Brody to the Marin Symphony. “Tod brings with him a wealth of experience in the field. His background as both a gifted administrator and a respected professional flutist provides the ideal basis for a successful creative team. I’m very much looking forward to partnering with him to shape the next exciting chapter in the history of the Marin Symphony.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome Tod as our Executive Director,” said Steve Machtinger, President of the Marin Symphony Association Board of Directors. “Tod shares our commitment to live orchestral music, youth education and community engagement. He brings immense talent, experience and passion to our organization and I’m confident that we will thrive under his leadership.”
Robert Ripps, President of the Board of Directors of Opera Parallèle, shared this comment: “On behalf of the board and staff, we congratulate Tod on this new position and are grateful for his achievements during the three years that he was with us at a pivotal time in our organization’s growth.”
Established in 1952, the Marin Symphony Association is one of the oldest and largest cultural organizations in Marin County. It includes approximately 85 musicians and calls the historic Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium its home. Since 1954, the organization has supported a variety of youth programs, which today include the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Crescendo and Overture Ensembles and a growing musical outreach program at local schools.
Each year, the Marin Symphony presents up to five pairs of classical concerts from October through May. Additional specialty concerts include events such as the Holiday Concerts by Candlelight, the Holiday Pops Concert and Prelude Recitals and, since 2013, the popular Waterfront Pops at the Marin Center Lagoon. This year the January Masterworks will feature world-renowned violinist Midori.