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Philip Wilder named new Executive Director of New Century Chamber Orchestra

NCCO and Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (front and center) await their new Executive Director
NCCO and Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (front and center) await their new Executive Director
by Matthew Washburn, courtesy of the New Century Chamber Orchestra

Parker Monroe, who has served as the Executive Director for the New Century Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) for eighteen years, will be retiring. Yesterday NCCO Board President Mark Salkind announced that Monroe’s successor will be Philip Wilder. Wilder will begin serving in this position at the beginning of next week, July 21.

Wilder’s past positions included serving as Vice President of 21C Media Group, an institution that figures heavily in my reporting on touring plans of major performing artists on my national site. Here in the Bay Area he was the founding Director of Education for Chanticleer. He had previously served as Artistic Administrator and Assistant Music Director over the course of a thirteen-year period. Two of his accomplishments over that period were the launch of the Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival for San Francisco Bay Area high school students and the national Singing in the Schools program. He also consulted on the plans and activities for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Salkind issued the following statement when announcing Wilder’s appointment:

Philip Wilder was the unanimous choice of our board and music director to take on the role of executive director. His breadth of experience, his many accomplishments as a leader and consultant to arts organizations, his fundraising and public relations experience, and his longtime Bay Area musical background with Chanticleer are all vital assets that will guide the vision of New Century Chamber Orchestra as we evolve and grow in the years ahead.

We owe a great debt and enormous thanks to Parker Monroe, our outgoing executive director, who is retiring after 18 years of creative and successful leadership of New Century Chamber Orchestra.

NCCO Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg greeted the news as follows:

Philip’s background as a musician, his leadership experience with Chanticleer, and his professional guidance on behalf of so many classical music artists and organizations make him a perfect fit for New Century Chamber Orchestra. I’m excited to work together to create new opportunities for New Century Chamber Orchestra and to bring our music to more people, both here at home in the Bay Area and around the country.

Wilder issued the following statement of response to his appointment:

It is a great honor to be chosen as New Century Chamber Orchestra’s next executive director, which brings me back to the city that gave me my start in music 24 years ago. After 11 years of appointments in Washington, D.C., and New York City, I return home with a wealth of experiences in the field of music to share with one of San Francisco’s most innovative arts organizations.

I have been a fan of the New Century Chamber Orchestra since its early concerts in San Francisco in the 1990s. Since then, I have been a proud observer of the orchestra’s growing national and international reputation under the leadership of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. I look forward to joining with Nadja, the staff and board of New Century to lead the orchestra in the next chapter of its illustrious career.

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