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May 25, 2004 > New Symphony Manager Named

New Symphony Manager Named

Accomplished pianist & fund-raiser to lead orchestra

by Anastasia Herold

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, southern Alameda County's premiere cultural institution, has completed its search for an executive director. Board president Robert P. DeMarta announced the hiring of Mr. Eman Isadiar as the new chief executive of the orchestra, now in its fortieth year.

An executive search was conducted by the Board after Anastasia Herold Arnold announced her retirement earlier this month. Ms. Arnold had filled the post for five years.

Mr. Isadiar is an accomplished pianist and comes from a fundraising background. An experienced music educator and pianist, Mr. Isadiar's background includes financial management and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. "He is the perfect complement to our orchestra staff, since he understands both music and how to raise money," says Arnold, who will be vacating her post as of May 15. "I know he will serve our community well."

The Fremont Symphony was founded in 1964 as a community orchestra, staffed by volunteers. By the mid-1980s, its musicians were mainly local professionals, and paid administrative staff was soon added. The executive director has since led the organization and the Board of Directors, in close partnership with Music Director David Sloss and the organization's Board President.

Information about the Fremont Symphony Orchestra's 41st season is found on the organization's website, or by calling (510) 794-1659.

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