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Emily Socks Named MSO's Director of Advancement

Hagerstown, MD—The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that Emily C. Socks has joined its administrative staff as Director of Advancement.

Socks, who will oversee all development and fundraising programs for the MSO, including the coordination of a variety of special events and volunteer recruitment, comes to the orchestra with several years of program development experience, most recently with the Arc of Washington County. While at the Arc she played a significant role in the success of the annual “Dancing with the Arc Stars” fundraiser.

“I am very pleased that someone with Emily’s skills and passion for advancing the mission of the MSO to local and national funding sources will be leading us in our efforts to remain as one of the region’s premier cultural organizations,” stated Executive Director Michael Jonnes. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and President of the MSO Board of Directors Brendan Fitzsimmons join him in welcoming Emily to the MSO family.

“I have always had a love for music (she plays the flute and has been a high school marching band instructor) so I’m very excited to be in a position where I can be creative and use my past fundraising and managerial experience for such a respected musical institution,” said Socks.” “Working for an orchestra feels like a natural fit for me.”

Socks, a native of Southern Maryland, is a graduate of Frostburg State University. She resides in Hagerstown with her husband Micah, a high school band director for the Washington County Public Schools, and their three children.