Austin Symphony Orchestra President Joe R. Long has announced the appointment of GALEN WIXSON as executive director, effective March 16, 2009. Wixson is currently executive director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock, and has previously held that post at the Symphony of Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Tex.), the Reno Philharmonic, Manhattan Center for the Arts, and the American String Teachers Association. He holds a master’s degree in management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Wichita State University.