Andrea Dillenburg, Executive Director of Nashville Ballet since 2006, has been named Vice President of External Affairs for the Nashville Symphony, where she will oversee the organization's combined development, marketing and communications operations. She assumes her new role in early May.
"Andrea is uniquely qualified for her new position with the Symphony," said Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. "She comes to us with more than 20 years of leadership experience in marketing and development with several prominent arts organizations, prior to her current position at Nashville Ballet. All of us at the Symphony are truly excited to have the opportunity to work with her."
Dan Slipkovich, President of Nashville Ballet's Board of Directors, praised Dillenburg for how well she has represented the Ballet in the community. He also applauded her leadership in spearheading the organization's long-term strategic planning. "Given the strength of the relationship between the Ballet and the Symphony, we expect that even though Andrea has left the Ballet, we will continue to enjoy a strong working relationship with her."
Dillenburg started her career in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Cathedral Choral Society, The Shakespeare Theatre and, finally, at Ford's Theatre, where she spent most of her six years as Director of Marketing. After moving to Nashville, she worked in marketing for Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Nashville Ballet before relocating to Atlanta in 1999. During her seven years there, she served as Director of Corporate Relations for the Atlanta Symphony and also worked as Director of Development at Alliance Theatre.
A native of northern Minnesota, Dillenburg graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) with majors in Economics and Music Performance and earned her M.A. in Performing Arts Management from The American University in Washington, D.C.
"Like everyone else, I have watched the Nashville Symphony's tremendous growth in recent years, and I have the utmost respect for Alan Valentine and his talented team," Dillenburg said. "I'm proud of all that we've accomplished at Nashville Ballet over the past four years, and I like the fact that the Symphony's work has long supported that of the Ballet. This is a major moment in the Symphony’s evolving history, and I'm honored to play a role in it."
At the Symphony, Dillenburg replaces Susan W. Plageman, who recently became Vice President of Development at the Cincinnati Symphony.