The Oregon Symphony Announces Succession Plan for Outgoing President and CEO Scott Showalter

By Logan Martell

The Oregon Symphony’s Board of Directors has announced a leadership succession plan following the end of President and CEO Scott Showalter’s contract on June 30, 2023.

The plan will see Showalter remain as leader of the company until a successor can be found later this year. At that point, Showalter will become the new Executive Advisor for the President and Board. Since assuming his role in 2014, Showalter has expanded TOS’ educational and digital programming, as well as broadened their repertoire, grown wages for music and staff, and earned multiple Grammy nominations.

“Scott has established an incredible legacy by growing the Symphony’s regional impact and its national reputation. His leadership has been a boon to the State of Oregon,” says Board Chair Dan Drinkward.

As Executive Advisor, Showalter will assist with institutional matters such as fundraising and strategic planning, as well as transitioning relationships with key stakeholders. The Board of Directors has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group, which specializes in executive searches, to find a new President and CEO, with the announcement expected sometime this summer.