The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has hired Horizon Theatre Managing Director, and former Springer Director of Development, Cameron Bean as the new executive director, the board announced Thursday.
"CSO is a wonderful organization with a rich history, and it stands tall among Columbus' most precious artistic and cultural assets," Bean said in a release. "It's an asset that I want to protect and cultivate."
Bean earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Columbus State University.
Bean was a frequent performer in Springer Opera House productions and served for two years as development director, helping lead its fundraising efforts and McClure Theatre capital campaign, before leaving Columbus in 2013 — first for the San Jose Repertory Theater in California and then Atlanta, where he joined the Horizon Theatre Company.
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“The continued growth of Columbus will yield new opportunities to connect our citizens to our arts and our artists to our community," Bean said. "I want to be a part of building those bridges. ... The wind is blowing strong for the arts. It’s up to us to catch it in our sails."
The CSO is the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.
Bean's first day is May 19.