DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 20, 2022) — The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce Chelsea Sammons as the new Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Chelsea has served as the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) General Manger since 2018 and is an oboe teacher in the QCSO Private Lesson Program. A native of Geneseo Illinois, Chelsea was a member of the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra and holds degrees in communication and oboe performance from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Chelsea Sammons to her new role as our next Director of Education and Community Engagement,” said QCSO Executive Director Brian Baxter. “She brings a wealth of experience and ideas given her background as a musician, teacher, and from her time as our Youth Ensembles General Manager. I’m excited to see what she will bring leading the diverse array of music education and community programming that QCSO offers across our Quad Cities community.”

“I'm excited to continue to serve the Quad Cities community as Director of Education and Community Engagement,” said Chelsea. “My passion for orchestral music began when I joined the Youth Symphony Orchestra in eighth grade. After joining, I attended Sunday Masterworks concerts with my family, and the rest is history! I look forward to supporting music educators in their classrooms and creating exciting opportunities for students to engage with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.”

With Chelsea moving to her new role, the QCSO is accepting applications for the position of QCSYE Coordinator. Additional information on this part-time position and how to apply can be found online at https://qcso.org/about/employment/.

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