Greater Akron Musical Association, parent organization to the Akron Symphony, has selected PHIL WALZ as the orchestra’s executive director, effective in July 2009. He succeeds MARGO SNIDER, who last year announced her intention to step down at the end of her current contract. Walz has worked most recently as director of development for the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine; as executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; and as director of development for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Walz has also served as executive director of the New Hampshire Music Festival and as assistant/acting manager of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 he was awarded the League of American Orchestras’ Helen Thompson Award for outstanding service as an early-career orchestra manager. Walz began his professional training as a concert pianist.  

Posted May 12, 2009