Published on January 2nd, 2024

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Symphony Tacoma Appoints Interim Executive Director


The Symphony Tacoma Board of Directors has appointed William (Bill) Ryberg as interim executive director, effective January 1, 2024. Ryberg succeeded current executive director Karina Bharne, who is now the executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I’m a big fan of Symphony Tacoma,” said Ryberg, “and I look forward to working with the staff, board and musicians during this period of transition.”

Ryberg recently retired after more than a decade with Tacoma Community College, where he served as Vice President for College Advancement and director of the TCC Foundation.

He also brings experience in symphony orchestra leadership, having served as CEO of the Oregon Symphony, CEO of the Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony, and president of the Bellingham Festival of Music.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Bill Ryberg’s background and experience right here in Tacoma,” said Rick Meeder, Symphony Tacoma board president. “He knows the community and understands symphony orchestras and their mission.”

With interim leadership in place, a search committee composed of Symphony Tacoma board members and other key stakeholders will conduct a national search for a successor.

Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, Symphony Tacoma has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for more than 77 years. With Music Director Sarah Ioannides on the podium, the Symphony has returned to live concert performances that seek to engage and connect a diverse audience, dedicated to the belief that the community is made stronger and more vibrant by experiencing great music together.