Administrative: Winston-Salem Symphony

Posted on: July 27, 2018

The Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina has appointed MARY BETH JOHNSON as chief philanthropy and patron engagement officer. In addition, J. TRAVIS CREED has been promoted from artistic operations director to general manager.

Mary Beth Johnson previously worked at the Winston-Salem Symphony seven years ago; since that time, she has served as director of development for the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, director of institutional giving and director of special events and volunteers for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, director of development and external affairs at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and director of development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. In addition to fundraising, Johnson has served as assistant manager of audience development and group sales with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and as box office manager with the Winston-Salem Symphony. She earned a bachelor of arts management and music with a minor in not-for-profit management at Salem College in North Carolina, and played cello in the Wake Forest University orchestra.

J. Travis Creed joined the Winston-Salem Symphony in 2014 as artistic operations director, and was promoted to general manager in June 2018. In addition to providing artistic operations management for all performance and major educational programs, he was instrumental in conceiving and creating some of the orchestra’s most creative and financially successful artistic experiences, including concerts featuring Rhiannon Giddens and the Steep Canyon Rangers. He joined the Winston-Salem Symphony from the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, where he served as direction of operations. Prior to that, he was properties manager, audio and lighting technician, and set carpenter for the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Creed is also a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who performs in the style of the Southern Appalachians.

Posted July 27, 2018