Today, the Oregon Symphony announces Clement So as its Vice President for Programming. In this new and expanded role, So and his department will have oversight of the Symphony’s overall programming—including subscription series, special concerts, presentations, education programs, and engagement initiatives. With primary oversight of classical programming, he also will articulate and actualize a comprehensive vision for the Symphony, unifying all its work, on- and off-stage. So will work in close collaboration with Music Director David Danzmayr and serve as a member of Oregon Symphony’s senior team.
“Through his programming, Clement will help to shape the future of this institution,” says Scott Showalter, Oregon Symphony President and CEO. “His success in championing diverse voices and leading community events should appeal to a wide range of patrons and maximize our impact on our broader community.”
“I am honored to join the team at the Oregon Symphony and eager to work with David Danzmayr to develop programming that will inspire and challenge our audiences,” says So. “It is a delight to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking organization.”
So brings extensive experience to the Oregon Symphony, most recently as the Director of Artistic Planning for the San Diego Symphony where he planned classical orchestral and chamber concerts, interdisciplinary festivals, and community concerts. Prior to San Diego, So served for more than ten years as Artistic Administrator of New York’s 92nd Street Y. So earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music History from Yale University. He also studied piano, cello, and orchestral conducting.
About Oregon Symphony
The multi-Grammy Award-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director David Danzmayr, it serves more than 250,000 people annually through live concerts and award-winning education and community engagement programs. The Oregon Symphony has broken attendance and fundraising records in recent years, while innovating on stage through new series such as SoundSights, Sounds of Home, and SoundStories. Additionally, online programming and syndicated broadcasts reach tens of millions more people throughout the world. The 2021-2022 season marked the 125th anniversary for the Oregon Symphony, the oldest orchestra in the Western United States. For more information, visit www.orsymphony.org.