Cascade Symphony names Rose Gear as executive director

Rose Gear

Rose Gear has been appointed full-time executive director of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Appointed by the orchestra’s board of directors, Gear will be the CSO’s administrative leader, working with board members to establish and achieve the mission and values of the orchestra. She will manage business affairs and advocacy in addition to directing community relations and fundraising for the 57-year old nonprofit music organization. She will also work with Cascade Symphony Music Director Michael Miropolsky.

Gear has served as executive assistant to the Seattle Symphony’s music director, Ludovic Morlot, during the past four years. The Seattle area resident earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin and also received an MBA – with a specialty in arts administration – from the same institution.

Her background with the Seattle Symphony includes experience in marketing; patron, board member, volunteer and donor relations; and concert venue management. Prior to relocating to Western Washington, she served for a year in marketing for the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony.

“Rose brings the precise background, knowledge and experience we were seeking in an executive director,” said Arnie Gunderson, president of the CSO board. “We were seeking a talented administrator who is familiar with the management of music organizations like ours, and who can help our organization continue to grow and maintain its quality. She will be monitoring the music interests of our patrons and the entire community. We had a number of very qualified candidates for this position, and see Rose as a perfect fit for our orchestra.”

Gear, who has also been a professional concert bassist with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, and other musical organizations in Wisconsin, welcomes the opportunity to help lead the Cascade Symphony into the future.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as executive director of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra,” she said. “A thriving creative sector is essential for every city, and I am thrilled to support the CSO as it nourishes and enlivens the creative life of our community.”

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1962, is an all-volunteer organization that performs at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N. in Edmonds. With an enviable reputation for the highest standards, orchestra members are accomplished musicians, devoted to classical music, who choose to pursue careers in other fields.

The CSO will open the 2019-20 concert season – its 58th – on Monday, Oct. 21, performing “Brahams’ Passion.”

Additional information about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and its upcoming season is available at

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