by Andrew Crisp
The Boise Philharmonic announced that a new executive director, Sandra Culhane, will take the reins of the ailing arts organization May 1.
In an earlier interview with Boise Weekly, Interim Executive Director Tony Boatman described the Phil's financial woes and his attempts to put the organization back on course. The Phil has been searching for a new director since Tom Bennett's resignation Aug. 16, 2012.
Culhane has served as executive director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra in Billings, Mont., since 2005, following work as orchestra operations manager of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She plays both the violin and piano, and graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana. Culhane will move to Boise with her husband, Bill, and their 11-year-old son.
The Billings Gazette reports that Culhane will continue her work in Montana in a consulting role until a successor is found.