Newly appointed Executive Director George Hanson brings years of experience in the symphonic world to his position with the ASO. As he neared the end of his 19-year tenure as Music Director of the Tucson Symphony, George turned his attention to management and administration, completed graduate coursework at the University of Arizona Carl Eller School of Management, and took the helm as Director of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. George grew the festival’s financial support and expanded the collaborative organization’s list of partners, while raising the national profile of the group. George will continue with TDSF as coordinator; he also continues his work with the Sunriver Music Festival, which takes place each August in central Oregon.
George served as General Music Director of a major German opera house in Wuppertal. His wife, Diana Povolotskaya, is a cantorial soloist and professional singer. She and George’s twin seventeen-year-old sons moved to Alexandria last summer.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ryan began his career with the ASO in July 2011 when he was hired as box office and patron services manager and is currently serves in a variety of new roles in production and sales as Director of Operations. A trained musician, Ryan completed his M.M. in music composition from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and has worked as an arranger, transcriber and copyist for a variety of musical acts encompassing both classical music and jazz. He currently performs as a freelance musician on trumpet around the Washington D.C./Virginia area.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING
Joining the ASO staff in 2014, Melinda Kernc formerly served as General Manager of the California Philharmonic in Pasadena, California. Graduating with a B.A. from Principia College and earning a double major in Music (Vocal Performance) and Mass Communication, she has dedicated herself to the arts through performance, instruction, advocacy, and arts administration. Ms. Kernc directs fundraising and advertising activities for the ASO as well as public and community relations with media. Serving as a former Music Director in a progressive private school, Ms. Kernc maintains a private studio (voice, piano) and performs regularly as a singer throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. Ms. Kernc is President of the Alexandria Arts Alliance, and has served as panelist to review grants for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Ms. Kelly, who also plays cello with the ASO, is in charge of hiring the musicians for the ASO concerts. She works closely with Music Director Kluge and the Musicians’ Union to find the best musicians in the area for the ASO concerts. She received her musical training at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Fontainbleau, France, encouraged by her musician/conductor father, James Swift. She has been part of the Washington, D.C. area musical scene since 1975 as a player, contractor, librarian, and teacher. Current responsibilities involving the first three roles find her working at Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center Opera House, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Post-Classical Ensemble and Opera Camerata in addition to the ASO. She teaches cello at the Levine School of Music, Episcopal High School and at her McLean home.
Craig has served as a stage manager for several Washington and Baltimore orchestras. He has been with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra since 1997. Craig has previously served as an instrumental music teacher for students in Kindergarten through college. In addition to playing stage manager, he is a freelance percussionist and is the Music Director of the Kensington (MD) Baptist Church.