Indiana’s Terre Haute Symphony names Principal Clarinet Samantha Johnson-Helms as executive director

Posted on: June 29, 2020

“Samantha ‘Sammy’ Johnson-Helms is the new executive director of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra,” writes Sue Loughlin in Wednesday’s (6/24) Kokoma Tribune (Indiana). “Johnson-Helms, 31, has been the symphony’s principal clarinetist since 2013 and also has served as its personnel manager and, later, marketing manager.… Future goals include increased collaboration with other arts organizations and Terre Haute businesses and corporations; expanded music education programs; and plans for more virtual opportunities…. She’ll look into online chamber music performances … educational videos; and live-streaming at least part of next season’s THSO concerts, since many people may not feel comfortable attending concerts at this time, due to COVID…. A graduate of Butler University with a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance, Johnson-Helms also holds a master’s in clarinet performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and will soon finish her doctorate, also at IU… David Bowden, who has served as interim executive director, will continue to serve as the THSO’s artistic director and conductor…. Johnson-Helms ‘is a musician who understands the business side of things,’ Bowden said…. While serving as executive director, she will continue to be the symphony’s principal clarinetist. ‘Music is my passion,’ she said.”