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Ocean City’s Brian McPeak executive director of Bay Atlantic Symphony - Ocean City Sentinel: News

Ocean City’s Brian McPeak executive director of Bay Atlantic Symphony

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:36 am

ATLANTIC CITY — The Bay Atlantic Symphony Board of Directors appointment Brian McPeak, of Ocean City, as the new executive director for the Bay Atlantic Symphony. 

In his role, McPeak will manage the financial and the institutional development of the forward‐looking arts organization. With Music Director Jed Gaylin he will help to build and maintain relationships with active and new symphony sponsors, develop unique partnerships with other arts organizations, community outreach efforts, and enhance the symphony’s wide range of music education programs for both adults and schoolchildren. 

A communications and public affairs professional, McPeak maintains more than 30 years of career expertise at two Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has served in a multitude of leadership positions for non‐profit organizations, with a focus on arts and culture. He also handled several multi‐million‐dollar corporate giving and foundation programs, many which were artistic in mission and focus. 

A community advocate, McPeak has served on the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bristol Riverside Theatre, a regional equity performing arts organization located in Bucks County, Pa. He also was on the Board of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers (presently known as the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia), inclusive of the position of Chair of the Board of Directors. 

“On behalf of the Symphony Board and staff, I am thrilled to welcome Brian to be a vital part of our Orchestra’s future,” said Thomas A. Giegerich, president of the Board of Trustees for the Bay Atlantic Symphony. “Brian shares our passion for live orchestral music as well as recognizes the importance of what a rich history in the performing arts means for our community and music education. We’re confident that his breadth of expertise, talent for the arts and enthusiasm will lead the Orchestra to new levels of success.”

“I am excited to join the extraordinary Bay Atlantic Symphony and look forward to sharing the music and culture commitment of this inspirational and impactful organization with all citizens of southern New Jersey. Working with Music Director Jed Gaylin and our dedicated Board of Trustees, I know our Symphony will continue to garner a robust future within our community,” McPeak said. 


Bay Atlantic Symphony 


The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. 

Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world‐class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern‐most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton University Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Guaracini Performing Arts Center, Rowan College of South Jersey‐Cumberland Campus, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, and the Cape May Music Festival. 

The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource. By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually‐impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2019 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit www.BayAtlanticSymphony.org, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook. 

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