Sue Kellogg, Southwest Michigan Symphony’s executive director, to retire in May

Posted on: February 3, 2022

“The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra is saying goodbye to its executive director,” reads an unsigned article in Thursday’s (2/3) Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph, MI). “Sue Kellogg, who has been with the symphony for more than 22 years, including the last 16 years as its executive director, is retiring effective May 31. Kellogg said she felt the timing is right as it coincides with the selection of a new SMSO music director. ‘The year I became the executive director was the same year that Robin Fountain became the music director,’ she said in a news release.… Norma Tirado, former SMSO board president, said she felt Kellogg was innovative, tenacious and highly dedicated to the success of the orchestra as well as being an exceptional collaborator…. As a result of Kellogg’s leadership during … the pandemic … the symphony was able to pivot and provide music by offering pop-up outdoor concerts that patrons could attend free of charge…. Under Kellogg’s leadership, Tirado said the SMSO developed its Summer Series and started the Music Makers program with the Boys and Girls program…. While she is retiring, Kellogg said she will not step away entirely, and plans to help as a volunteer with the SMSO.”