Greenville Symphony’s Mobley to work on diversity, expanding audience

Posted on: January 26, 2015

In Friday’s (1/23) Greenville News (Greenville, S.C.), Paul Hyde writes about Sherwood Mobley, a long-time timpanist with the Greenville Symphony, who has been appointed the orchestra’s executive director. “Mobley’s recent appointment is gaining considerable notice because he’s one of the few African Americans serving in the top administrative position in an American symphony orchestra. … Mobley, 58, who also was the former director of operations and personnel for the orchestra … will oversee an office staff of 10, a regular orchestra roster of up to 100 and an annual budget of $2.2 million. ‘It’s wonderful that such an accomplished musician and administrator as Sherwood Mobley is rising to the executive ranks,’ ” said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. “Mobley has served as the Greenville Symphony’s interim director since Sept. 11…. ‘I’m hopeful that in my current position, I’ll be able to implement programs and activities that broaden the audience. African-American churches are a good starting point. … I’d like to reach out to new areas of the community. I certainly have a vested interested in that. There are people within 10 miles of the Peace Center who’ve never stepped foot inside the Peace Center, where the Greenville Symphony performs and so many other great arts activities take place.”

Photos: Sherwood Mobley (photo credit: Heidi Heilbrunn) and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Posted January 26, 2015