Berkeley Symphony Names New Executive Director

By Francisco Salazar

Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors has announced the selection of its new executive director, Marion Atherton.

Atherton will succeed Ming Luke, who has been serving as Interim Executive and Artistic Director after the departure of Executive Director Kate Kammeyer in November 2023.

In a statement, Atherton said, “I am thrilled to lead Berkeley Symphony in its next chapter. As a longtime Berkeley resident, I have a personal investment in Berkeley Symphony’s mission. I look forward to working with the Symphony’s outstanding team of artists, staff, and Board members to continue its history of building community through world-class performances and educational programming. I invite you to join us for the exciting journey ahead!

Rigel Robinson, President of the Board of Directors added, “Marion brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit music community and a deep commitment to supporting the next generation of musicians and audiences here in Berkeley. I look forward to working closely with Marion as we embark on an exciting chapter for Berkeley Symphony!”

Atherton brings over 25 years of arts management experience to the position. She was the Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events with Berkeley Symphony in 2004 and most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Head of School at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley.