John Kilkenny appointed executive director of Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Posted on: January 25, 2022

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in Tennessee has appointed JOHN KILKENNY as executive director, effective March 1, 2021. He succeeds Samantha Teter, who joined the CSO as director of marketing in 2012 and served as executive director from 2016 until the end of 2021. Kilkenny is associate professor and director of percussion at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he has served since 2008 and his responsibilities include academic and administrative areas. Since 2018, Kilkenny has also been artistic and executive director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he has raised the festival’s visibility, expanded program offerings, increased enrollment, and generated significant contributed income. He received a bachelor’s degree in percussion at the Juilliard School and a master’s degree at Temple University. Additional studies include management and leadership training at the DeVos Institute at the Kennedy Center, the Fundraising Standard, and the Harvard Business School Online.