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The orchestra announced Christina Devlin as the newest executive director to join the organization.

COURTESY PHOTO: BEAVERTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Devlin has more than 30 years of experience in event management as well as a background in strategic planning, nonprofit leadership, fundraising, logistics, multimedia production, special events, and convention services.

The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra is welcoming a new executive director.

On Monday, Aug. 3, the orchestra named Christina Devlin as the newest executive director to join the organization. Devlin has more than 30 years of experience in event management as well as a background in strategic planning, nonprofit leadership, fundraising, logistics, multimedia production, special events, and convention services.

"After a multi-month search, we are excited to see Christina bring to the organization her experience in nonprofit management, program stewardship, and fiscal leadership," said former Beaverton Symphony Orchestra executive director Mayne Mihacsi in a statement. "She emerged from a field of other applicants as the clear nominee for the executive director position by her professionalism that frankly impressed all of us on the board."

He added, "We look forward to her enabling the symphony to reach its goals for the future."

Mihacsi plans to stay with the orchestra as a performer and said he's looking forward to helping Devlin with the transition.

According to the orchestra, Devlin has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations including the Oregon Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, which she served on for 13 years.

"Christina instantly connected with BSO's mission of sharing music with the public through enriching, affordable community performances," said the announcement. "Devlin comes from a long line of German musicians and composers and grew up playing piano and cello. She first entered the world of event management in college at Western Michigan University, during which time she worked on multiple musical and theatrical productions at the local New Vic Theater and Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium."

Devlin joins BSO at a time when the organization is looking to adapt and grow through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes finding creative ways of carrying out the organization's mission despite health restrictions that limit public gatherings, said the orchestra.

While the 2020 concert season has been postponed for the health of audience and orchestra members, BSO is still holding orchestra meetings over zoom to find new ways to share music others.

The orchestra's first virtual concert, Movement IX ("Nimrod") of Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations," is now available on YouTube. BSO says the orchestra has been practicing this performance during the past few weeks of social distancing and hopes to release more concerts in the future.

"I look forward to collaborating with everyone connected with the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra to present beautiful music to the community in innovative and traditional ways that will bring people together of all generations for unique and memorable experiences," said Devlin in the announcement.

To view video performances, visit beavertonsymphony.org.


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