SAVANNAH, Ga. – After an extensive nationwide search, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts from classics to pops each season, announced today that it has named Robert Rund as its new executive director. He will assume his duties on May 18.
“After a thorough strategic planning and search process, the Savannah Philharmonic is thrilled to welcome Robert Rund,” said Melissa Emery, chairman of the Savannah Philharmonic Board of Directors and interim executive director. “Robert is an exceptional leader who can build on our operational excellence and lead us into the next stages of growth.”
Rund comes to Savannah from Asheville, N.C., where he has run Robert Rund Creative Consulting (R2C2) since 1998. There, he offered a wide range of consulting services to artists, ensembles, organizations, institutions and corporations including artist management and representation, organizational leadership, arts education and corporate consulting. From 2008 until 2010, he served as the president and head of school for the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J., regarded as the United States’ premier concert boys’ choir and one of the finest boys’ choirs in the world, performing more than 100 concerts each year.
Prior to his work with the American Boychoir School, Rund served as chief administrator at the Waldorf School of Princeton and chair and director of Cultural Events at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. While at Peddie, he founded and directed the highly successful nonprofit Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School (CAPPS), a presenting and producing organization which offered a variety of programs in the visual and performing arts to the surrounding community.
In addition to his work in the educational field, Rund has extensive experience in the international performing arts industry. As an artist and booking manager for the prestigious IMG Artists, Ltd. in New York, his work primarily focused on guest orchestral appearances by soloists, conductors and ensembles on the impressive IMG roster. For many years, Rund served as associate publisher of the venerable Musical America Worldwide, which has been the leading source of information in the performing arts for more than 100 years.
“I have been impressed from afar with the progress of the Savannah Philharmonic over the past five years. It is remarkable to me how the organization has found its way into the hearts and minds of the city, and yet not surprising, given the artistic and organizational leadership that precedes me,” Rund said. “I am thrilled and honored to be coming to Savannah and to have the opportunity to serve the Savannah Philharmonic. This orchestra is a gem and a success story that is already becoming a national spotlight for its musical excellence and relevance in the community.”
Rund earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, and a Master of Arts Administration degree from Goucher College. In 2004, he was one of 50 international arts leaders to be awarded a fellowship to participate in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a joint initiative by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and National Arts Strategies.
Music composition and arranging are also Rund’s primary hobby. He is highly respected for his arrangements of a cappella and original choral music, many of which have been published and recorded by accomplished vocal ensembles.
ABOUT THE SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC:
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts each season (September to May), from classics to pops. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that performs regularly with the orchestra in an oratorio and opera setting, as well as performing a wide range of music from a capella, Baroque to rock and pop standards. Both are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, please call 912-232-6002 or visit savannahphilharmonic.org.