First new KSO executive director in close to three decades

Daniel Mills is the new executive director of the Kamloops Symphony.
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KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Symphony Orchestra is getting a new executive director after nearly three decades.

Daniel Mills, 30, will be taking over from Kathy Humphreys on June 17, according to a Kamloops Symphony Society media release, a job she has held for close to 30 years.

“Daniel brings with him an array of arts administrative and fundraising experience. We trust he will, together with music director Dina Gilbert, help lead the KSO onto further development and excellence,” symphony society president Miki Andrejevic says in the release.

Mills is from Calgary and has spent much of his life passionate about music, the release states. He has most recently worked with the Arts Commons in Calgary, orchestrating individual giving programs and donor stewardship for the esteemed performing arts centre.

The society goes on to say he has worked with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Honens International Piano Competition and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. He has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, which he then used as he worked for various not-for-profit organizations. He is a skilled trumpet player and has completed music programs at McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

As well as being a highly trained musician and scholar, Mills enjoys an active lifestyle. The society says he enjoys running and triathlons, and looks forward to hitting the hills of the Thompson-Nicola area.

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