SOST executive director resigns

 Craig Escamilla

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) announces that Executive Director Craig Escamilla will resign his position effective May 31 to accept a position at Lamar University.

Escamilla joined the SOST staff in 2006 as director of communications and was promoted to executive director in 2007. He has agreed to assist in the transition to the new executive director through June if needed, a SOST press release states.

“I am incredibly proud to have been a part of the outstanding growth and success SOST has enjoyed over the last few years,” Escamilla said. “Our orchestra is well poised to serve our community with outstanding performances for many years to come, and I look forward to enjoying those concerts as SOST’s biggest fan!”

The SOST recently completed its 61st consecutive season of outstanding performances. The Symphony has a commitment to a major strategic planning process focused on three key areas of artistic quality, community engagement and music education. Since 2009, the budget size has increased by nearly 20 percent, ticket sales revenue has increased by 20 percent and donor revenue has increased by 25 percent. Additionally, SOST has eliminated dependence on line of credit borrowing, deferred income borrowing and all debt. For the 2014-2015 season, 70 cents of every dollar will go to direct concert program costs.

A board search committee has been formed to find his replacement and encourages interested parties to visit for information and apply by April 25.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas continues its mission of presenting educational, entertaining, and culturally enriching programs of the highest artistic quality and,as always, promises to be “Good to the last note!”