SANTA BARBARA The Santa Barbara Symphony Association’s CEO and executive director Kevin Marvin has announced his intent to resign from his position and return to Colorado for “personal and family reasons.” His resignation is effective today, with the Symphony Board appointing Kathryn R. Martin as interim CEO and executive director.
Mr. Marvin’s time as the symphony’s executive director saw the organization offer three concert seasons under the direction of music and artistic director Nir Kabaretti. Notable events he organized include the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Gala fundraiser and the Granada Theatre’s “Music for Healing and Community” concert, which was held following the back-to-back disasters of the Thomas Fire and the debris flow of January 9, 2018.
According to a press release, Mr. Marvin’s replacement Ms. Martin is a board member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestra and a veteran of transition strategist and “Next Chapter Coach,” with a long history of leading arts organizations through times of change. According to her personal website, she did just that at the Santa Barbara Symphony for most of 2016. Most recently, she worked with the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra.
Symphony Board president Janet Garufis said of Mr. Marvin’s departure, “We are proud to have been led by Kevin and we wish him success in his future endeavors.”