Bellingham Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Dr. Eileen Brownell As Executive Director

Brownell is currently the Executive and Artistic Director for the Tahoe Chamber Music Society (Reno) and Co-Founder of the reNEW Music Ensemble (Reno).

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After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra has found its new Executive Director-Dr. Eileen Brownell.

Brownell holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan and currently serves as the Executive and Artistic Director for the Tahoe Chamber Music Society (Reno) and Co-Founder of the reNEW Music Ensemble (Reno).

BSO Board President Kathy Gustafson describes Brownell as "a keen listener with careful attention to detail and organization." Gustafson has great confidence in Brownell's ability to lead the BSO forward and continue creating one-of-a-kind experiences for audiences. "She is already well-versed in facilitating unique and unforgettable connections between the repertoire and her community-a valuable attribute as we continue our highly successful Harmony from Discord series."

The 2022-2023 season marked a full return to live performances for the BSO and the long-awaited return of audience members to their seats at the Mount Baker Theatre. As the orchestra looks toward the 2023-2024 season, the energy and excitement is palpable, and Brownell is eager to be part of it.

"It has been incredible visiting Bellingham and taking in the beauty that surrounds us here," says Brownell. "The people have been warm and welcoming beyond description. I am so excited to begin the process of connecting to the community in conversation and serving the mission of the orchestra. It is a profound honor to work with Yaniv Attar, the amazing musicians, staff, and board of the BSO."

To learn more about Eileen Brownell and the BSO, visit

Photo Credit: Erika Pierson


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