The San Luis Obispo Symphony board of directors has named Rachel Cementina as its new executive director. Most recently director of membership, marketing, and philanthropy for the SLO YMCA, she also served six years as community engagement director for United Way of SLO County.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel as our new executive director,” according to Jim Walker, president of the board. “She will bring experience, enthusiasm, great communication skills and a fresh air to our organization. We feel very lucky to have found her and look forward to a successful and invigorating future with her at the helm.”

Music director and conductor Andrew Sewell says he also looks forward to working with Cementina. “She has a proven track record of commitment to and engagement with the SLO community, and I am very excited to begin this new chapter together,” he said.

Cementina will assume the role April 3, managing day-to-day operations and leading fundraising, marketing, and community engagement initiatives. She will oversee the remainder of the 2022-23 season, which includes the final classics concert, Tchaikovsky and Testimony, in May.

“I am honored to join such a passionate group of musicians, staff and volunteers at the SLO Symphony,” Cementina said when the appointment was announced. “I look forward to serving the community and promoting arts and music education on the Central Coast.”

Founded in 1954, the SLO Symphony is known for innovative performances, its youth symphony and educational programs, and the annual POPS By The Sea concert.