December 16, 2014



(PORTLAND, Ore.) –President Scott Showalter today announced the hiring of Deniz Conger as the Oregon Symphony’s new Vice President of Development.

“Deniz’s passion for the arts, background, fundraising success, and familiarity with our region made her the ideal professional for this position,” he said. “I’m confident that she’ll help us to reach new heights for both contributions and connections in the community.” 

Conger, currently the Director of Development for the Willamette University College of Law, was previously the Senior Director of Philanthropy at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. There, she worked alongside the President and Campaign Cabinet to direct the successful “Creativity Works Here” campaign. Earlier, she served as the Director of Major Gifts for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

As Vice President of Development, she will manage individual, foundation, corporate and event fundraising programs that raise approximately half of the Symphony’s $16 million budget. She joins the organization at an auspicious time: the Symphony has balanced its budget in each of the last five years and saw both record ticket sales and a record number of new donors last season. Her challenge will be to grow resources for the orchestra and for music programs beyond the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall—in schools, libraries, churches, community centers, and other public venues.

In accepting the position, Conger said, “I believe that music has the power to inspire and transform us. It’s exciting to be part of an organization that is such a cultural force. I am honored to be part of a team that will help support the talented musicians and advance the goals and vision of the Board and President Showalter.”

She will join the Oregon Symphony team on December 29.


Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales