Stockton Symphony positioned for growing community impact: Arts Consulting Group interim management readies Stockton Symphony for the future

14:49 01 March in Client Success Stories

Arts Consulting Group interim management readies Stockton Symphony for the future

LOS ANGELES — March 18, 2015: Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, celebrates the growth and revitalization of the Stockton Symphony under the leadership of ACG Interim Executive Director David Hyslop. The Stockton Symphony, which has a long history of musical distinction and community programming, recently celebrated several milestones: two sold-out concerts in the current season and the successful negotiation of a three-year collective bargaining agreement with members of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 189). The new contract runs through June 30, 2017.

The Stockton Symphony Board of Directors is strategically positioning the organization for continued success, having recently partnered with ACG to launch a national executive search for its future executive director. During this period of leadership transition, the Stockton Symphony is leveraging the opportunity of having an industryrecognized leader such as Hyslop at the helm of the organization.

In recent months, the Stockton Symphony has strengthened its base of support, programmed an exciting Pops series to increase ticket sales, and renewed its commitment to education programs while focusing on artistic excellence under Music Director Peter Jaffe. The Stockton Symphony is making a meaningful impact locally through the Harmony Stockton program, which provides free daily music education to more than 70 students at Marshall Elementary School in South Stockton. Harmony Stockton is made possible by a four-way partnership between the University of the Pacific, United Way of San Joaquin County, Stockton Symphony, and Stockton Unified School District. In addition, the Stockton Symphony is celebrating the continued, positive impact of its Steppin’ Out Education Concert Series, a three-day series of back-to-back concerts that reaches more than 6,000 students in San Joaquin County every year.

“Engaging Arts Consulting Group has ensured there is no absence of strong organizational leadership at the Stockton Symphony during the search for our next leader,” said Pam Lee, chair, Stockton Symphony Association Board of Directors. “As interim executive director, David Hyslop offers the Stockton Symphony the deep orchestra industry expertise and strong management experience needed to guide us during this critical period. This is a promising time for the Stockton Symphony and we have much to accomplish. Having a professional interim leader has provided us with the bold leadership, organizational stability and confidence needed to focus firmly on the future.”

“The Stockton Symphony is emerging from the recession as an even stronger community asset,” said Hyslop. “The organization has taken what could have been a time of uncertainty and instead, used it to focus on strengthening programs and cultivating its donor base while continuing the tradition of presenting orchestral concerts of the same caliber one would enjoy in a major city. It is an honor to work with an organization such as the Stockton Symphony, which offers such promise for the future.”

Hyslop, who was appointed interim executive director in August 2014, is part of ACG’s national team of professional interim leaders. His career in arts management includes 32 years serving as chief executive officer for three of the nation’s top symphony orchestras: Minnesota Orchestra (1991-2003), St. Louis Symphony (1978- 1991) and Oregon Symphony (1972-1978).

About the Stockton Symphony
Founded in 1926, the Stockton Symphony is the third oldest, continuously performing orchestra in California, surpassed only by the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in longevity. Its mission is to inspire joy and build community through music. The Stockton Symphony offers a five-concert Classics subscription series and four Pops concerts that include the Pops & Picnic concert, the orchestra’s chief fundraising event. Music Director Peter Jaffe, now in his 20th season, has built the orchestra into an exceptionally fine, perservice orchestra that attracts freelance musicians from all over Northern California. The Stockton Symphony has a rich history of performing new orchestral works: Maestro Jaffe has commissioned symphonic works by Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Avner Dorman, Kenji Bunch, Max Simončič, Karl Kohn, David Chaitkin, David Conte, Osvaldo Golijov, and Asher Raboy, among others. The orchestra performs most of its concerts in Atherton Auditorium at the Delta Center for the Arts on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College. The 2014-2015 season marks the 88th year of the Stockton Symphony. To learn more, visit

About Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG)
ACG is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement consulting, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. The firm has offices in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle and Denver with consultants located throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. Project consulting services include capital campaign management, donor prospecting & research, strategic planning, team building summits, marketing strategy & implementation, financial planning, transition management, Board training, and capital campaign management among other services. For more information on ACG, please call (888) 234.4236 or visit

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