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Updated: August 29, 2023

Bangor Symphony Orchestra appoints executive director with experience in Oregon, Texas

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra has appointed Renia Shterenberg, a violinist and experienced arts administrator, as its next executive director.

Shterenberg will provide leadership and vision while overseeing the organization's artistic, financial and administrative operations. She will continue the orchestra's long-term goals of artistic excellence, community engagement and educational outreach. 

She steps into a role held by Brian Hinrichs, who led the orchestra for 10 years. He left to be executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters. 

Shterenberg will start Sept. 1.

"Renia's profound love for symphonic music, combined with her background in both arts management and as a full-time professional violinist, makes her the ideal choice to steer the Bangor Symphony Orchestra into its next chapter," said Elizabeth Sutherland, president of the orchestra's board of directors.

"Her ability to manage both teams and budgets, her deep understanding of classical music and the musicians, and her innovative audience development strategies are sure to reinforce the bright future ahead for our orchestra."

Courtesy / The Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Renia Shterenberg

Shterenberg is currently the general manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. There she has been instrumental in the fiscal oversight of the orchestra’s budget and played a critical role in raising contributions, which resulted in growth to the orchestra’s dedicated Classical Annual Fund of over 33% in the first year of her tenure. 

Shterenberg also spearheaded grant-writing initiatives for both the orchestra and educational departments and has collaborated on programming and audience development plans that resulted in increased attendance, revenue and recognition for the Britt Festival Orchestra.

She has also served as executive director of the Olmos Ensemble in San Antonio, Texas. 

“The Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra are such deeply meaningful parts of the cultural fabric of this region, I am honored to join this great community and help to spread the joy, love and the unity of music,” said Shterenberg.

“I am truly inspired by the creative energy here. I look forward to working and collaborating with long-time Music Director Lucas Richman to support his artistic direction and creative vision for the orchestra.”

Founded in 1896, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to provide powerful, enriching and diverse musical experiences through live concert performances and education programs of the highest quality.

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