May 4, 2012



(Portland, OR) – Oregon Symphony Board Chair Terry Pancoast and President Elaine Calder announced today the selection of Diane Syrcle as the Symphony’s new Executive Vice President of Development.   Her hiring brings to a successful conclusion the organization’s almost year-long national search conducted by the Oregon-based firm Murphy Symonds & Stowell.

Ms. Syrcle, who will join the Symphony team on July 2, is currently the Executive Director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre which she joined in May, 2010.  Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, a post she took over in 2003.  She was also the Director of Education at Portland Opera, a position she held for seven years following a career as a professional opera singer.  Syrcle holds an MBA in Organizational Development from Marylhurst University, a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's of Music/Music Education from West Texas A&M University.  She is a graduate of A Seat at the Table Leadership forum hosted by The Link and the first Executive Leadership Cohort supported by The League of American Orchestras.  She chaired the Best Practices Task Force on the State of Oregon Leadership Council for K-12 Arts Education, as well as the Professional Development Committee of the Right Brain Initiative Arts Integration Program.  She has also served on the board of directors of both the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras and Portland’s Business for Culture and the Arts.  In April 2010, she received a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for Arts Education Advocacy.

In making the announcement Mr. Pancoast said, “We were extremely fortunate to attract a candidate like Diane Syrcle. Her extensive experience with classical music and with our community made her the unanimous choice of the search committee.  We are delighted to have someone who is both an experienced manager and a development professional join our strong management team.  And while we would certainly prefer to have her onboard immediately as we enter the final phase of our 2011/12 fundraising efforts, we fully support Diane’s preference to see her commitment to Oregon Ballet Theatre through to the end of their current season.”

Ms. Syrcle said, “I look forward to working with the very strong team of professionals at the Oregon Symphony and to supporting the extraordinary music-making of the orchestra and Carlos Kalmar.  I’ve gained a lot of experience at OBT and I know my appreciation of classical ballet will remain with me forever.  I’m committed to helping OBT balance its budget at year end and will be working towards that until my departure.”

The Executive Vice President of Development position is initially funded by a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.


Jim Fullan
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