Mayes named director of Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

Thom Mayes has joined the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra as its new executive director.

Scott Henderson, the former director, is retiring from the position after leading the organization for the past two and a half years.

“Thom brings a unique perspective on the orchestra, having first played played bass with us in 2003,” Bruce Cox,  the orchestra board’s president, said in a news release. “In the following years, Thom completed his MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, preparing him for a nonprofit arts management career. He went on to serve as Executive Director for two historic theaters, the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon and the Olympia Film Society, where he managed all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and operations. He even managed to keep up his bass performance with the WSO, as well as symphonies in Tacoma, Yakima, Everett and Olympia.”

Thom Mayes joins the WSO’s new music director, Yaniv Attar, to launch the orchestra’s 38th concert season. The six-concert season features international soloists such as violinist Gil Shaham and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. Local duo-pianists Dan & Victoria Sabo, the Whatcom Chorale, the Bellingham Chamber Chorale and the Bellingham Children’s Choir round out the season’s guest artists.

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