Music Academy of the West, the conservatory and festival in Santa Barbara, California, has appointed Nate Bachhuber to the position of chief artistic officer, effective on February 26, 2024. Bachhuber previously held leadership roles at several American orchestras: he was artistic administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, vice president of artistic planning for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and artistic advisor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, he worked in public relations and digital strategy at Carnegie Hall and earned degrees in voice and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music. At the St. Louis Symphony, among other tasks Bachhuber contributed to artistic plans for the reopening of Powell Hall following a multi-season expansion and renovation. As vice president of artistic planning for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pops, and May Festival, Bachhuber contemporized and diversified programming and, in partnership with Music Director Louis Langrée and CSO musicians, launched innovative series and initiatives. As artistic administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bachhuber worked on programming and commissioning, launched the Noon to Midnight Festival with Creative Chair John Adams, and led artistic planning for the LA Phil’s Hollywood Bowl, Green Umbrella, and additional series.