The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce Taylor Rambo has been named as its incoming executive director, effective July 1, 2021. Taylor will succeed Susan Stensland, who will retire after 15 years of distinguished service and join the GSO board of directors.
During Susan’s tenure, the organization has grown into a regional performing arts powerhouse. The GSO navigated through two existential economic crises; built the largest youth musical education program in the Southeast (reaching more than 127 schools from 17 counties and growing to join the list of the top 10 in the United States); expanded its portfolio to include the GSO Chorus, GSO Jazz! and Holiday Pops series; and crystalized its mission to the community though pioneering heartfelt Sensory Friendly concerts.
In partnership with Timothy Verville, the GSO’s visionary music director, Taylor is tasked to grow the organization on the national level, expand its artistic and educational presence both physically and virtually, build new partnerships, and diversify and extend its patrons base and presence with emphasis on service to the underserved community.
Taylor brings vigorous energy, innovation and diverse performing arts management and fundraising experience. He previously served as the major gifts and campaign manager with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., and has held fundraising and staff positions at the American Pops Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. For the past few months, he has served as a development consultant with the GSO.
Rambo earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music business and entertainment industries and a Master of Arts degree in arts presenting and live entertainment management from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He holds professional memberships with APAP and the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is an alumnus of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national fraternal society in music.