of Glacier Symphony and Chorale
Kalispell – Jim Lehner, Board chair of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Larson as its new Executive Director. Larson began his new role on February 15, 2017 replacing Alan Satterlee who moved on after 10 years with the nonprofit music organization.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul to our organization. His 14 prior years working in fundraising and marketing for arts organizations made him the perfect person to help the Glacier Symphony and Chorale grow into its next 35 years,” Lehner said noting that GSC will begin its 35th season this summer.
Larson moved to the Flathead Valley in 2015 from Chicago where he is president of Taylar Development, a national fundraising and marketing consulting firm specializing in performing arts and cultural organizations. He grew Taylar to over 50 employees with locations in Chicago and Milwaukee. Taylar’s client base has included over 76 arts organizations ranging from symphony orchestras in St. Louis, Nashville, Denver, Eugene and Dallas to theatre, opera, dance and visual arts companies in major cities across the United States.
In his role with Taylar he developed and trained arts marketing staff on strategic fundraising campaigns, ticketing promotions and membership programs and designed proprietary software for arts marketing. He remains president of the company, but handed off day-to-day operation of it when he moved to Kalispell.
“As a child I came to the Flathead Valley to go camping and visit Glacier, and I was struck with the idea of living here once coming back as an adult. Now that I am here full time I am excited about the prospect of advancing the mission and budget of Glacier Symphony; in particular the efforts to reach a broader audience and enhance the education programs,” Larson explained.
Paul says that focusing on the arts for the past 14 years has given him a clear perspective on the important role they play in communities, especially here. “Symphony music and the arts are one of the reasons I made the Flathead Valley my home. I, like many others, was drawn here for the mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, and also because of the diversity in the various communities. We are not just a ski area or a sleepy vacation spot; the valley has growing school districts, a large medical community and kids and adults who need Glacier Symphony and Chorale’s work.
I see symphony music as core to the fabric of a community’s quality of life. I have seen the arts push kids to broaden their view of the world, and those with medical issues find calm and healing through music. I cannot imagine a better way to impact our communities than to expand these programs and I believe GSC is poised to take that lead.”
Maestro John Zoltek remarks, “I am thrilled to be working alongside Paul Larson to move the Symphony to the next level of professional development. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, strong business acumen and most importantly passion for our musical mission and arts music education to our organization. He is an affable and friendly person who will do very well representing the symphony and chorale in our community.”
The next public opportunity to meet Paul Larson will be at the GSC’s Easter Festival held on April 6, 8, 9 at Flathead High School. For information about that concert visit www.gscmusic.org or call 406-407-7000. Paul can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.