New vice-presidents join the Santa Barbara Symphony


Dr Nicholas Fuentes and Natasha Miller-Zahn join the Santa Barbara Symphony team as the orchestra prepares to kick off its 2021-22 season in a few weeks.

Dr. Fuentes is the new vice president of community education and enrichment.

Ms. Miller-Zahn is the Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Vice President, Finance. The position has just been created.

Dr. Fuentes will oversee the symphony’s equal access music education programs for more than 10,000 children throughout Santa Barbara County. The symphony offers the region’s only education program linked to a professional symphony orchestra, according to a press release.

“As a first generation American and first generation student, I care deeply about educating young people and enabling them to see that anything is possible through continued learning,” Dr. Fuentes said in A press release.

“Young people in the first generation often don’t have the social capital to be successful,” he said. “I see it as my duty to ensure that all young people receive the encouragement, mentorship and knowledge necessary to be successful.

“Music is a wonderful vehicle to inspire students to develop life skills through training, performing in ensembles and performing in front of audiences.

Nir Kabretti, symphonic musician and artistic director, will lead the orchestra when he performs in a staging of “Kismet” on October 23-24. The production is directed by Broadway’s Lonny Price and will feature the State Street Ballet and performers from around the world.

Dr Fuentes has spent the past 12 years at Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, where he was Director of the Extended Education Division and Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Prior to that, the Los Angeles native and Ventura resident was Registrar and Director of Student Services for UCSB’s Professional and Continuing Education Division. It is also in this university that he obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Dr Fuentes then obtained his Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Antioch in Santa Barbara.

Her doctorate is in educational leadership.

Nir Kabretti, the orchestra’s artistic and musical director, said the orchestra is delighted to welcome Dr Fuentes as the conductor of various educational programs.

“Music is a journey of a lifetime, and with the expertise of Dr Fuentes, we look forward to continuing and expanding the impact of music on children and adults of all ages,” said Maestro Kabretti in the press release.

As the new Vice President of Finance, Ms. Miller-Zahn will oversee the overall financial systems and strategies of the symphony.

“I am not only thrilled to know Santa Barbara and call it our new home, but I am extremely impressed with the creative vision and organizational opportunities that the Santa Barbara Symphony is undertaking to deepen its impact in the community,” said Mrs. says Miller-Zahn.

“Equally impressive is the fact that the symphony is increasing its investments in concerts and music education programs as we are still emerging from the pandemic,” she continued. “This is only possible with the trust and support of the organization from its patrons and donors here in the community. “

Ms. Miller-Zhan previously worked, since 2018, as the Director of Finance at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She holds a BA in Accounting from Northern Arizona University.

“These are exciting times for the Santa Barbara Symphony,” said Kathryn R. Martin, President and CEO. “Natasha’s unique combination of good financial practices, her in-depth knowledge of the symphony industry and her ability to know how to provide information in a way that enables staff and the board to make informed decisions will allow us to continue to expand and grow. deepen our impact in the community. “

The symphonic season kicks off October 23-24 at Granada with a fully staged production of “Kismet”, directed by Broadway’s Lonny Price. In addition to the symphony, the program will feature the State Street Ballet and artists from around the world. The choreographer is William Soleau.

For more information, visit thesymphony.org.

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