Symphony Tacoma recently announced the appointment of Karina Bharne as its new executive director.

Karina Bharne. Courtesy Symphony Tacoma.

Bharne comes to Tacoma from her most recent role as interim executive director with the San Antonio Symphony. Previously, Bharne’s roles at the San Antonio Symphony also included general manager and director of orchestra personnel. Prior to San Antonio, Bharne was employed by the Goh Ballet in Vancouver, BC, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

A trained musician with a bachelor of fine arts in trombone performance and a master of arts management from Carnegie Mellon University, Bharne is experienced in all facets of orchestra administration.

“We were fortunate to have had an exceptionally strong pool of candidates, and even more fortunate to have been able to engage Karina Bharne to be Symphony Tacoma’s next executive director,” Mike De Luca, president of the board of directors, said in a statement. “Karina’s strong experience and background, as well as the vibrant, thoughtful and innovative approach she brings to her work, have led to the successes she has had to this point in her career.”

Bharne’s predecessor Andy Buelow left Symphony Tacoma in December after a decade in the role. Interim Executive Director Kit Evans will continue to serve in her capacity until Bharne’s tenure begins in September, just in time for the Symphony’s first concert of the season on October 20.