Nashville Symphony taps Baltimore Symphony’s Tonya McBride Robles as COO

Posted on: July 27, 2022

“The Nashville Symphony has hired Tonya McBride Robles as chief operating officer,” reads an unsigned article in Friday’s (7/22) Nashville Post (TN). “According to a release, McBride Robles replaces outgoing COO and long-time Nashville Symphony employee Jonathan Marx. Her tenure begins Sept. 6. McBride Robles brings more than 20 years of experience working with symphonies and choruses across the East Coast. Most recently, she spent the past six years at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In addition, McBride Robles has worked with the Annapolis (Maryland) Symphony Orchestra; … Concert Artists of Baltimore; and San Antonio Symphony. She also has worked in elementary education as both a teacher and an administrator…. At BSO, McBride Robles was key in reaching a five-year agreement with the musicians in 2020…. She also led efforts to increase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) representation in artistic programming and engaged the BSO’s first artistic partner, Baltimore rapper and spoken word artist Wordsmith…. Marx, who has been with the Nashville Symphony since 2008, is leaving the organization to pursue a Master of Science degree in social work at the University of Tennessee at Nashville.”