Peninsula Symphony Orchestra names new interim director


The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra last week named Andrea Temkin its interim executive director.

The board of directors of the Los Altos-based nonprofit orchestra appointed Temkin – described as a veteran nonprofit CEO and music education professional – in the midst of a severe financial crisis for the 65-year-old organization. In October, symphony board members learned that most of the group’s endowment and operating funds were missing, leading to the resignation of Executive Director Steve Carlton and a police investigation into the matter.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to engage a well-known, seasoned arts management professional to guide the symphony’s continued recovery,” said Alan Bien, board chairman. “We have every intention of completing this concert season as planned.”

Temkin has 25 years of experience working with music and arts organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, Nova Vista Symphony and Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company. Her organizational management background includes program and strategic planning and implementation, program evaluation and fund development. Temkin has worked with a variety of entities during her career, including teaching musicians, artists, educators and educational institutions such as public school districts and alternative schools.

Prior to her role with the symphony, Temkin served as executive director for eight years at Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts. She has been the principal of AST Consulting Group since 2002, and most recently served as the Visual and Performing Arts program manager for the Alameda County Office of Education.

“The Peninsula Symphony is an accomplished area institution, performing music to the highest standards in locally accessible venues at affordable cost,” Temkin said. “Its Bridges to Music Program reaches schoolchildren throughout the Peninsula. I’m honored to be trusted with the task of helping the organization return to firm financial and administrative footing.”

Ongoing investigation

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier last week that the police investigation into the organization’s missing funds is ongoing. The symphony board announced that orchestra supporters and members have raised more than half of the 2013-2014 budget to continue its programming. The symphony’s concert season opened in late October.

“It’s really amazing and impressive,” Temkin said of the fundraising effort to keep the organization afloat. “My understanding is they raised most of that (money) in about five days.”

Temkin said the organization will continue to actively fundraise to overcome its sudden financial troubles so that it can continue to offer free concerts to the public – including more than 50 annually for children in schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and other Bay Area cities that lack music programs.

“We don’t want to let those things go,” she said, adding that funding is also being sought for its Bridges to Music educational program. “It’s important for us to continue to serve the community.”

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