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BSO appoints Robles new GM, vice president

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Tonya McBride Robles as vice president and general manager, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Robles, who currently serves as executive director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, has an extensive background in arts administration, having previously served as executive director of City Choir of Washington (D.C.); managing director of the Metropolitan Chorus (Arlington, Virginia); executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; and education and outreach director of the San Antonio Symphony, among other jobs.

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University, Robles earned a Master of Public Administration from University of Maryland University College and began her administrative career as the youth programs coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tonya back to the BSO family,” said Paul Meecham, the president and CEO of the symphony. “The orchestra is very fortunate to be able to draw on both her experience as a professional administrator in our field as well as her knowledge of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C., and in particular of our own organization. Tonya will make a great addition to the team as we begin our second century serving our city and region.”

Robles will oversee all artistic planning and concert production, including season scheduling and touring. She will also manage the orchestra library and personnel management and will play a lead role in labor relationships with BSO musicians and stagehands.