Linda Rosso, a former interior designer turned nonprofit fundraising professional, has been named director of institutional advancement for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Her appointment was effective November 16.
Ms. Rosso most recently served as executive director of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation, where she oversaw development, outreach, and strategic planning efforts. She previously worked as a development and event-planning specialist with the American Diabetes Association after serving as a development consultant for Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, California. Having begun her career as an assistant to the vice president of international marketing at Diamond Walnut Growers, Ms. Rosso went on to serve as interior design and project coordinator at California Homes Inc. before founding Corfino Inc., which grew to become a multimillion-dollar firm providing construction, development, and project management services. She studied at San Joaquin Delta College and San Jose State University, and is currently enrolled in the Leadership Program at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.
In her new role, Ms. Rosso will oversee patron relations and corporate and foundation outreach for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.
“Two years ago, we started on a path to restructure the inner workings of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra with a sound business and strategic plan that would sustain the orchestra for the long term and continue bringing outstanding classical music experiences to our community and region,” said SBCO Board Chair Joe Campanelli. “As we approach our 40th anniversary and look to implement an endowment campaign we are pleased to welcome Linda to the SBCO. Her years of experience and success with the Courthouse Legacy Foundation make her a great addition to our team.”
The SBCO’s 2016-17 season will continue with a performance of Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe featuring Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama on viola at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on February 14. Additional highlights include a woodwind showcase on March 21 (Lobero Theatre), and a chamber music and dialogue event featuring KUSC host Alan Chapman on April 4 (University Club), before Alessio Bax closes out the season May 16 with Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at the Lobero.
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