Kathryn Laurin to become Victoria Symphony’s next executive director

Posted on: September 18, 2015

In the Times Colonist (Victoria, Canada) on Thursday (9/17), Adrian Chamberlain writes, “Kathryn Laurin … has been hired as the next executive director of the Victoria Symphony. Laurin will start in the spring following the retirement of Mitchell Krieger…. Laurin, 57, was a music professor and dean of fine arts at the University of Regina before becoming the university’s administrative vice-president. Laurin also worked as a freelance conductor in Regina. She holds a master’s degree in conducting from Indiana University. Before moving to Victoria, she was president of Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax.” Chamberlain reports that Laurin was dismissed from Victoria’s “Camosun College in June 2014 after serving as president for five years, when her second five-year term was just about to start.…Victoria Symphony board member Jim Hesser said the organization’s selection committee had ‘very frank’ discussions with Laurin before recommending her to the board. … Laurin said she doesn’t believe her dismissal from Camosun leaves a cloud over her new job. ‘I think my work at Camosun speaks for itself.’… Her goals for the Victoria Symphony include using social media to raise community awareness of the orchestra and encouraging young audiences to attend performances.”  

Posted September 18, 2015