In Monday’s (8/21) Morning Journal (Ohio), an unsigned article states, “The Firelands Symphony Orchestra announced a new executive director. After a year-long search, the orchestra has named Ron Brooker to lead the day-to-day, non-artistic operations of the orchestra and school of music, according to a news release. Brooker will begin in his new role after Labor Day … Previously, Brooker worked as a franchise field representative at ThorWorks Industries in Sandusky for 18 years … Brooker will serve as chief operating officer and be responsible for administrative, marketing, fundraising, financial and strategic management of all Firelands Symphony Orchestra operations … Brooker has been a violinist with the orchestra since its founding season in 1992 and has served as concertmaster since 2002, a role he will continue … Brooker graduated from Bowling Green State University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education and he served on the faculty for the BGSU Summer String Institute … He taught strings and conducted orchestras for 11 years for the Findlay and Sandusky school systems … Brooker is a former associate concertmaster of the Lima Symphony, and has played with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops.” Carl Topilow is the Fireland Symphony’s music director.
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