On October 14, 2020, Hope K. Quarles became the new Interim Executive Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Society (JSS). Hope is a 2017 graduate of Illinois College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, and a recent graduate of Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts, with a Master of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration.
For the past six years, Quarles has been a member of the symphony, in multiple capacities, starting as a substitute musician playing in the clarinet section. Since that time, she has served as an intern with the JSS, second chair clarinetist with the symphony, Vice-President of the board of directors, and Orchestra Personnel Manager. She is eagerly excited to step into the position of Interim Executive Director.
“I love this symphony, and I love that I get to continue serving it in different ways. Each position I have held within the symphony has given me a new perspective on how things are and can be done. I think I bring a unique perspective into this role, and I am excited to be starting this journey,” tells Quarles.
“The Jacksonville Symphony Society is thrilled to have Hope serve as our Interim Executive Director. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and we look forward to the future under Hope’s leadership,” says JSS President Kim Streib
“Hope’s education and her previous experience with our organization, both as an orchestra musician and in administration, make her uniquely qualified to handle the challenges of her new position as Interim Executive Director. We are excited to welcome her to this position of leadership,” says JSS Music Director, Garrett Allman
The Jacksonville Symphony Society is excited to see what Hope will bring to the table. During these trying times of Covid-19, we all could use a little Hope.