Washington’s Olympia Symphony selects Alexandra Arrieche as music director

Posted on: June 28, 2022

“Alexandra Arrieche is the Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s new music director, and she can’t wait to get started,” writes Molly Gilmore in Saturday’s (6/26) Olympian (WA). “ ‘I fell in love with the city and fell in love with organization,’ [said] Arrieche, [who] … was in Olympia for the announcement, which came Friday…. Arrieche, who also leads the Henderson (Nevada) Symphony Orchestra, is already looking for a home to rent in Olympia and working on programs for the 2022-2023 season. The orchestra’s leadership is as enthusiastic about their new music director as she is about her new position. ‘We were looking for somebody who had the right combination of qualities to help us grow,’ said Bill Tweit, president of the orchestra’s board. ‘There’s a certain electricity when Alex walks into the room.’ … ‘She brings out the best in people,’ said Jennifer Hermann, the orchestra’s executive director…. The committee was impressed by Arrieche’s rapport with young people, focus on educational programs and ideas about collaborations between the orchestra and other arts organizations, [search committee chair Chris] Barnes said…. Arrieche, who grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, has been living in Henderson, where she’s led the orchestra since 2016. She’ll continue leading that orchestra.”