The Flagstaff Symphony Association appointed Colonel Larry H. Lang as its new executive director.
According to an FSO press release, Col. Lang received his Master of Science in music education from the University of New Hampshire. He has 25 years of management experience in the arts both nationally and internationally.
Additionally, Col. Lang recently completed a career leading U.S. Air Force music organizations around the world, culminating as the Commander and Artistic Director of The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. During his tenure in Washington, he led the operations of 184 professional musicians and support staff, presenting more than 225 events each year to audiences of 200,000--with additional reach to 2 million people via broadcasts, recordings, and social media.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Larry and his wife Donna to the FSO and the Flagstaff community,” said Ann Johnson, board president for FSO. “He brings an incredible skill set and will be such an asset to our organization.”
Col. Lang too said he was pleased to begin his work in Flagstaff.
I'm very excited to join the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra as executive director,” he said. “The FSO has a wonderful legacy of musical excellence and positive community outreach, and I’m eager to get started as their spectacular 70th Anniversary Season begins!”
Col. Lang is replacing longtime FSO director Cheryl Ossenfort, who has held other positions in the organization in the past, including board president, president elect and treasurer. The search for a new ED began in January 2019.
Col. Lang will start at the Symphony on June 3.
FSO was founded in 1950 and currently has more than 60 musicians with an annual audience count of over 14,000 people. The symphony is currently in its 69th season.