“The San Antonio Symphony has named Corey Cowart, currently the executive director of the Amarillo Symphony, as its new executive director,” writes Deborah Martin in Tuesday’s (11/13) San Antonio Express-News. “Cowart, 40, steps into his new role Jan. 2.… Cowart, a Houston native with a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Houston and a master’s in music from Yale University, began his career in arts administration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. From there, he served as vice president of development with the Minnesota Opera before moving to Amarillo in 2015…. Cowart follows two interim directors. Karina Bharne oversaw the symphony for about six months beginning in January. Bharne was brought in following the collapse of a plan for the Symphony Society to hand over management of the organization to Symphonic Music for San Antonio, a nonprofit formed by major funders specifically to resolve the symphony’s stubborn funding problems. Bharne left in July to accept a job as executive director for Symphony Tacoma. She was replaced by Michael Kaiser, a noted arts consultant who specializes in working with troubled arts organizations.” Kathleen Weir Vale, chairwoman of the symphony’s board and a member of the search committee, said of Cowart, “He’s quite a winner for us.”

Posted November 14, 2018