With the beginning of a new season, the Jacksonville Symphony also welcomes David Strickland as Chair of the Board. As the symphony enters its 68th year, it brings with it exciting growth and opportunity.
After graduating from Emory University, Strickland moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1979 before attending a graduate program at Harvard University. Strickland has a long history in Jacksonville that started with a job at Barnett Bank, now Bank of America. Eventually becoming the first President of EverBank, he has had a varied impact on the Jacksonville community. It was during his time at Barnett Bank that Strickland and his wife fell in love with the Symphony. “We had so many friends come back from concerts enthralled with their experience that we decided we just had to try it out,” Strickland says. Dedicated to the Jacksonville community, Strickland also serves as Chair of the World Affairs Council, sits on The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens’ Board, as well as Jacksonville University’s Public Policy and Marine Science Boards.
During his tenure as Chair of the Board, Strickland wants to continue growing the Symphony’s diverse audience by playing music of all kinds that appeals to all ages. “The Symphony plays music from Johann Sebastian Bach to John Williams: that’s almost 400 years of music!”
Another of Strickland’s goals during his time as Chair is to continue work on actively engaging the community. He emphasizes that a big part of that starts with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. “We’ve just brought on a vibrant new Principal Conductor in Deanna Tham. She is full of energy that will engage and educate the young musicians in Northeast Florida.”
As is found in all arts organizations, fundraising is a major focus for the Jacksonville Symphony; this allows for the continuation of a high-quality musical product, dedication to education and a focus on community engagement. As part of the Jacksonville Symphony, Strickland and the Board are working hard to ensure the Symphony’s Vision 2020 Campaign comes to fruition.
“The Jacksonville Symphony is a great cultural enterprise in Northeast Florida,” says Strickland. “World-class musicians call Jacoby Hall their home and have made the Jacksonville Symphony a premiere orchestra in the Southeast.”