A Middletown, Md., native who said she is interested in finding new Maryland Symphony Orchestra fans from a variety of age groups, economic backgrounds and regions has been hired as the organization’s new executive director, MSO officials said Monday.
Tamara Nuzzaci Park, who was chosen from a pool of about 20 candidates, started work last Monday, according to symphony spokesman Greg Evans and April L. Dowler, who was serving as interim executive director of the orchestra.
Park replaces Andrew Kipe, who resigned from the MSO in November to become general manager of The Phoenix Symphony.
Dowler said Park comes to the MSO with an impressive background.
“I like her a lot. She’s going to bring a lot of good energy to the organization,” Dowler said.
Park comes from Philadelphia, where she held positions of managing director of artistic initiatives, and manager of strategic plan and campaign initiatives at the Curtis Institute of Music, according to a news release from the MSO. During her time at the school, Park launched and led the Curtis Leadership Workshop, a program that challenges young artists to rethink the traditional performance experience, the release said.
She also served as orchestra personnel manager of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In that role, she served as a liaison between the music director, the musicians and the administration, the release said.
Park began her professional career with the Washington National Opera as orchestra personnel and operations manager of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the release said.
She has worked with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Filharmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, Italy, according to the release.
She has a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from Duquesne University and earned a Master of Science in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she received a scholarship from the Italian Embassy's Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., to study language and culture in Bellforte al'laso, Italy, the release said.
Dowler said the Maryland Symphony Orchestra used a headhunter specializing in orchestra positions to help fill the vacancy. The MSO ended up with “pages and pages of people” before narrowing field, Dowler said.
Park said Monday she was excited about the opportunity to return to the area, and is impressed by the way the arts and music are integral parts of the local community. Park said she is hoping there can be more opportunities to strengthen those efforts.
Park said she is especially interested in finding ways to attract more people from her own generation to classical music. Park said communities across the United States are faced with the challenge of attracting a younger audience to classical music, partly because younger people now have more entertainment options.
Park said she was married in Jackson Hole, Wyo., three days before she started the job.
“It’s been quite a whirlwind,” said Park, who lives with her husband, Jin, in Frederick, Md.