Symphony names new director

It’s Christina Littlejohn who has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra and Mobile Symphony.

PSO press release:

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra board president Tom Bailey announced the appointment of Christina Littlejohn as Executive Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Littlejohn will assume her new role beginning August 1, 2007. She succeeds Edgar Herrera-Arizmendi who left Pensacola this month to become Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Littlejohn comes to the Pensacola Symphony with impressive artistic and orchestral management credentials. She has served as Director of Cleveland Orchestra Residencies since 2005 where she was responsible for the orchestra’s year-round activities in South Florida in support of its annual three-week residency at the Miami Performing Arts Center.

Prior to her current position, Littlejohn was CEO of the Mobile Symphony where she expanded educational and outreach programs, helped create a chamber music series and increased the number of classical and pops concerts. She is also credited as a key figure in creating the Larkins Music Center and hiring the Mobile Symphony’s first music director, Scott Speck.

“I am thrilled by the appointment of Christina Littlejohn to the Executive Director position of the Pensacola Symphony,” said music director Peter Rubardt. “Christina is well known to us from her stellar work with the Mobile Symphony, and she brings a vast amount of relevant experience and training to the position. We are very fortunate to have her join the team here in Pensacola, and I look forward to many exciting possibilities.”

Littlejohn holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. In 2001, Littlejohn received the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Helen M. Thompson Award for extraordinary accomplishment by an early-career manager.