Victoria Symphony Announces Kathryn Laurin as New Executive Director

Victoria, BC – September 9, 2015

The Victoria Symphony Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Laurin as its next Executive Director and Chief Executive Office, commencing with the spring, 2016 retirement of Mitchell Krieger.

Ms. Laurin was formerly Professor of Music and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina, President and Vice Chancellor of Mount St. Vincent University, and President of Camosun College.  Kathryn has balanced a distinguished career as an academic and professional musician with extensive experience as a senior administrative executive. In the artistic realm, her award winning ensembles captured accolades at both the national and international levels and were regularly broadcast on CBC Radio.  As a successful administrator Kathryn demonstrates effective and innovative leadership skills and operations management of complex organizations. In addition she has been highly successful at building strategic relations with community. She will bring her blended and varied skills to the helm of the Victoria Symphony with passion and energy.

“After an international search, we struck gold right here in Victoria,” said Harry Swain, President of the Symphony Board. “Kathryn Laurin is superbly qualified to make the VS an even more central part of Victoria’s cultural life.

“The Board of the Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the leadership and contributions of Mitchell Krieger, who has done so much to put the orchestra on a sound financial and operational basis,” said Swain.

Says Laurin, “I am extremely pleased and fortunate to have the opportunity of working with this first class orchestra, one of the cultural jewels of BC. I look forward to continuing to position the Victoria Symphony as a leading innovative and vibrant arts organization in the community.”

The Victoria Symphony’s 75th Anniversary season begins September 21 with Victoria Symphony Opening Night with Special Guests Naden Band. Tickets for all concerts are now available at victoriasymphony.ca or by calling 250.385.6515.