QC Symphony hires new Director of Community Engagement

the Quad City Symphony Orchestra promoted from within for its new Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Chelsea Sammons has been the Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) since 2018 and teaches oboe through the QCSO private lesson program. A native of Geneseo, Sammons was a member of the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra and holds degrees in communication and oboe performance from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, according to a QCSO statement this week.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Chelsea Sammons to her new role as our next Director of Education and Community Engagement,” said QCSO Chief Executive Brian Baxter. “She brings a wealth of experience and ideas given her background as a musician, teacher and her time as Executive Director of our youth ensembles. I’m excited to see what she will bring to leading the diverse range of music education and community programming that QCSO provides in our Quad Cities community.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is led by Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith.

“I am excited to continue serving the Quad Cities community as Director of Education and Community Engagement,” Sammons said in the statement. “My passion for orchestral music began when I joined the Youth Symphony Orchestra in grade 8. After joining, I attended the Sunday Masterworks concerts with my family and the rest is history! I look forward to supporting music teachers in their classrooms and creating exciting opportunities for students to engage with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

She succeeds Marc Zyla in the role. Principal horn of QCSO, Zyla served as a staff member for six years before starting as the new Director of Community Engagement at WVIK, Quad Cities NPRMay 2.

As Sammons transitions into her new role, the QCSO is accepting applications for the position of QCSYE Coordinator. This is a part-time job of 18 hours per week. The QC Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) consist of four school year orchestras for musicians of all levels, ages 7-18. The program provides a rigorous and inspiring learning environment grounded in musical excellence for string, wind, brass and percussion musicians. .

Additional information on the QCSYE Coordinator position and how to apply is available online at https://qcso.org/about/employment/.