MICHAEL REMSON has been named president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. He will begin on Jan. 7, 2019, succeeding Dalouge Smith, who concluded his thirteenth year with SDYS in July, and Amber Weber, who has served as acting president and CEO. Remson has spent two decades at the American Festival for the Arts, the last eleven years as executive and artistic director. In that role, he directed all programs, fundraising, marketing, administrative, and collaborative activities for the Houston-based provider of music education programs for young people. His accomplishments there included increasing the organization’s impact, expanding from summer-only to year-round programs and services, and implementing in-school engagement programs. Remson earned a bachelor of arts in music from New York University, Gallatin Division; a master’s degree in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University; and a doctor of musical arts in composition and playwriting, and a master of musicology, both from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. His compositions have been performed in New York, Texas, and Rhode Island.

Posted October 26, 2018