Iowa’s Des Moines Symphony & Academy has announced the appointment of SOPHIA AHMAD as director of marketing and public relations, effective April 18. For the past four years she has worked as a journalist at the Des Moines Register, where she covered entertainment and became that newspaper’s first digital reporter. She has received several awards for breaking news, innovative digital reporting, and extensive coverage of arts and entertainment in central Iowa. In 2010 she was a fellow in Columbia University’s NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. A native of Philadelphia, Ahmad holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.). She pursued graduate studies in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, and chamber-music studies at New England Conservatory. While at Eastman she also taught class piano and co-founded the annual Women in Music Festival.
Posted April 6, 2011