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.
“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.