After a nationwide search, the Long Beach Symphony Association announced this week that Kelly Ruggirello has been selected as the Association’s new executive director, effective March 4, 2013.
“On behalf of the Association’s board of directors, I am pleased and excited to welcome Kelly,” said Board President John Di Carlo. “We look forward to the continued growth and success of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra under her strong leadership.”
Prior to relocating to Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO), Ruggirello was president and CEO of Pacific Chorale in Orange County. During her tenure, the Chorale erased a deficit and enjoyed a balanced budget for seven consecutive years. Prior to her position with Pacific Chorale, Ruggirello served as vice president of Development and Public Relations at the Orange County High School of the Arts. A former teacher and arts mentor for the Downey Unified School District, Ruggirello has also held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony in Orange County.
Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke said he is looking forward to their partnership. “As we begin the new year, we go forward with a new passion, a new energy, to bring our music to more people in our greater community,” he said. “Kelly has a wealth of experience and is a great choice to move the Orchestra forward into this new era.”
Ruggirello has been a consultant with local, regional and national choruses, orchestras, and arts schools, and serves as a presenter at state and national conferences. She currently volunteers as president of the board of directors for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and is on the fundraising faculty for Chorus America’s Chorus Management Institute.
“I feel very fortunate to be joining the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra,” Ruggirello said. “As a Long Beach resident, I have long admired the artistic excellence of the Orchestra, the passionately committed Board of Directors and the very loyal audience. I look forward to helping this outstanding organization explore new ventures and establish an even greater presence in Southern California.”
Ruggirello has been a Long Beach resident for 25 years.