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Nancy Stephenson | Eureka Symphony

The Eureka Symphony’s new 2024-2025 season will present not just an exciting new lineup of musical performances and special guests, but also a new general manager.

Nancy Stephenson, a long-time local community organizer, brings 45 years of experience collaborating with Humboldt County artists, musicians, businesses, nonprofits and local government agencies. Most recently with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority for six years as their Community Strategies Manager, Stephenson also coordinated the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival and all of Arcata Main Street’s programs.

Her passion for event planning, fundraising, marketing and outreach earned her a Humboldt Heroes Award in 2006. Others know her as a goldsmith, jewelry designer, graphic artist and photographer. Her enthusiasm, diverse skills, community relationships, and willingness to accept new challenges make her a good match for the Eureka Symphony and its future.

The Board of Directors conducted an extensive search and was impressed by Nancy’s diverse skill set, history of community engagement and passion for promoting the arts,” said Board President Keenan Pool. “With Nancy’s capacity for leading an organization and Carol’s artistic vision, we could not be more excited for the future of the Eureka Symphony.”

Please reach out to Nancy if you would like to chat, have a question, or perhaps volunteer or donate. 

“Listening to live symphonic music immerses us in a personal journey that’s shaped by our individual perspectives and frame of mind, but we experience it alongside hundreds of others in the audience that we don’t even know. These experiences can have a bonding effect and may bring us closer as a community - enriched, inspired, and full of hope,” said Stephenson. “I want to nourish that potential. I’m honored to be able to work with Carol Jacobson, Eureka Symphony’s Artistic Director and Conductor, the distinguished Board of Directors, the experienced and devoted staff, volunteers, donors and sponsors and of course the musicians who make this all possible. We’ll be exploring new ways to bring this local treasure to a broader audience and be a catalyst for future generations.”

Both Stephenson and Jacobson feel they have struck a chord together.
“We are so thrilled to have Nancy on board with the Symphony. I am personally looking forward to working on exciting new ideas and projects with her,” Jacobson said.

The Eureka Symphony holds two major fundraising events each year. The next one, “Prelude to the Season Gala,” will take place on September 29 to kick off the 2024-2025 season. Ticket holders will enjoy the Temporary Resonance Trio (Terrie Baune, violin; John Chernoff, piano; and Carol Jacobson, cello), hors d’oeuvres by Brett Shuler Fine Catering, wine, and Claire Bent with her ukulele. Mike McGuire will host a live auction.

The Eureka Symphony, a community orchestra founded in 1991, performs five concert sets each season, with music performed by hundreds of community members, often joined by special guest artists from around the world.

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