Portland (ME) Symphony Names Carolyn Nishon as Executive Director

Carolyn NishonIt was with great pleasure that I read the news that the Portland Symphony in Maine has named Carolyn Nishon as their new Executive Director. Carolyn has been with the PSO since 2008, serving in a variety of positions, most recently as General Manager.

Carolyn replaces Lisa Dixon, who had been in the position since 2010 and recently relocated to Nashville. It is wonderful to see that, after a nation-wide search, the Portland Symphony chose one of their own to succeed Lisa.

Polyphonic did a spotlight on the Portland Symphony a few years ago, which includes an interview with Carolyn Nishon.

All of us at Polyphonic wish Carolyn the best in her new position!

About the author

Ann Drinan
Ann Drinan

Ann Drinan, Senior Editor, has been a member of the Hartford Symphony viola section for over 30 years. She is a former Chair of the Orchestra Committee, former member of the HSO Board, and has served on many HSO committees. She is also the Executive Director of CONCORA (CT Choral Artists), a professional chorus based in Hartford and New Britain, founded by Artistic Director Richard Coffey. Ann was a member of the Advisory Board of the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), and was the HSO ROPA delegate for 14 years, serving as both Vice President and President of ROPA. In addition to playing the viola and running CONCORA, Ann is a professional writer and editor, and has worked as a consultant and technical writer for software companies in a wide variety of industries for over 3 decades. (She worked for the Yale Computer Science Department in the late 70s, and thus has been on the Internet, then called the DARPAnet, since 1977!) She is married to Algis Kaupas, a sound recordist, and lives a block from Long Island Sound in Branford CT. Together they create websites for musicians: shortbeachwebdesign.com.

Ann holds a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.

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