Tuscaloosa Symphony taps Natassia Perrine as executive director

Posted on: April 18, 2022

“A new hire relocating from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa might require a bit of adjustment, adapting to a different pace and atmosphere, but the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s new executive director, Natassia Perrine, has already lived in the Druid City,” writes Mark Hughes Cobb in Thursday’s (4/14) Tucasloosa News (AL). “ ‘I love Tuscaloosa,’ Perrine said. ‘I’ve lived there … longer than any other place, since I was 17.… All in all, I was in Tuscaloosa about 11 or 12 years,’ first earning a pair of bachelor’s degrees [at University of Alabama], in advertising and vocal performance, then her master’s in music education. She also [taught] music in the Tuscaloosa City Schools system…. After accepting this new leadership role, Perrine is up and down the road, meeting with TSO board and others, while finishing out the semester in New Orleans [teaching] elementary music…. The pandemic urged innovations. Perrine created a YouTube channel, initially to deliver her kids’ lessons…. Her ‘Music with Ms. P,’ subtitled ‘Virtual Music Lessons, Activities and Brain Breaks,’ has more than 4,000 subscribers…. She [said the Tuscaloosa Symphony job] was attractive not just for the return to Tuscaloosa, but to be working with … musicians and educators, all involved with the TSO.”