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October 29, 2008 > Fremont Symphony appoints new general manager

Fremont Symphony appoints new general manager

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors appointed Susan L. Rose as the orchestra's new general manager, effective August, 2008. Ms. Rose replaces Executive Director Dyane Hendricks, who left the orchestra in May.

Before taking the helm of the Fremont Symphony, Ms. Rose was a Fremont Symphony board member, active volunteer and strong advocate for the orchestra and arts in the schools. Ms. Rose served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Board of Directors and was a board member for many seasons. She was also on the Guild Board of Directors and served three terms as president. As a volunteer leader, she produced concerts, supervised office staff, served as hands-on budget manager, coordinated marketing activities, managed Board agendas, led annual fund campaigns, coordinated all sizes of successful fundraisers, and has been the face of the Fremont Symphony in the community.

Previously, Ms. Rose was appointed to the Alameda County Art Commission and served for eight years, chairing the commission for two years. She was the first chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee, which was established by the County's Public Art Ordinance. During 12 years as a committee member, Ms. Rose reviewed county capital improvement projects to ensure that 2 percent of construction budgets were dedicated for public art and helped select art installations for each project.

Ms. Rose graduated with a BA degree in French from Lawrence University, Wisconsin. She maintains memberships in the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and the Olive Hyde Art Guild in Fremont. Piano lessons and acting experiences at a young age were the beginning of her lifelong involvement with classical music and the arts.

Ms. Rose will oversee all Fremont Symphony Orchestra programs, including evening concerts, the holiday Nutcracker Ballet with live orchestra, free annual Children's Concerts, the Young Artist Competition, In-School Music Ensembles and community outreach activities. The Fremont Symphony also serves as the orchestra for Fremont Opera productions. The orchestra brings classical music to over 8,500 adults and youth in southern Alameda County and northern Santa Clara County. Information about the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and its 2008-09 Season is available by calling (510) 794-1659 or visiting

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