The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra (ETSO) announced Mathew Miller as its new executive director. Mr. Miller has served as the ETSO’s executive vice president since the organization was founded in 2005, and brings years of for-profit and nonprofit business development experience to his new role.
“I am truly honored to be a part of such an incredible organization and humbled that my fellow board members support me in this new role as the ETSO’s executive director,” said Mr. Miller. “I am blessed to work with such dedicated and talented professionals, both administratively and musically.”
Mr. Miller is the president of The Woodlawn Group in Ooltewah, the director of marketing for The Robert Garren Gallery in Georgetown, and the director of public relations for the Veterans Memorial Park of Collegedale. He has previously held business management and marketing positions with Keystone Resort and Southwest Airlines, and has served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida, and the advisory board for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Mr. Miller holds a bachelor’s of science in economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and studied international business and economics at the University of Manchester in England.
In 2005, Mr. Miller served on the ETSO founders committee and has since served on its executive board of directors. In addition, he worked alongside and helped align the organization's partnership with the Friends of the Festival that ultimately lead to their accompaniment of Harry Connick Jr. during his 2015 performance at the Chattanooga Unite Benefit Concert. As a community ambassador for the ETSO, among other duties, he organized and directed the organization's annual Independence Day Concert; last year's patriotic performance featured multiple Grammy award-winning musicians Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Throughout his tenure with the symphony, Mr. Miller has also secured and introduced a wide variety of local and regional talent to the community.
Mr. Miller says, through his new role, he aims to further develop personal relationships within the community while acquiring resources through long-term corporate partnerships, sponsorships and donations in an effort to help the ETSO carry out its mission to bring world-class symphonic music to the Tennessee Valley.
“The future of the ETSO is looking incredibly bright,” said Mr. Miller, “as we continue to expand our horizons and gain respect among our musical peers and our supportive patrons alike.”
In his spare time, Mr. Miller enjoys running, golfing and traveling with his family. He also enjoys attending music festivals, and shares his deep appreciation for the arts with fellow members of the ETSO.