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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Emily Socks as Director of Development

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – September 9, 2020 – The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that Emily C. Socks has rejoined its administrative staff as Director of Development. Since 2018, Socks served as a Major Gift Officer for Adventist HealthCare in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She previously served as Director of Advancement for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018.

“I am excited and honored to return to the Maryland Symphony! I look forward to again working in Washington County where I reside and raise my family” said Socks. “Having the opportunity to promote the mission of the Maryland Symphony and invite others to support our community in this way is a privilege. The MSO is poised to build on the tremendous momentum of the downtown revitalization. I look forward to being a part of the organization again as it makes a positive difference for our community through the transformational power of music especially during these unprecedented times.”

In making the announcement, Jonathan Parrish, Executive Director, said “I am really thrilled to welcome Emily back to the MSO and look forward to working with her during this period of challenge and opportunity.  Her knowledge of the community and our patrons will be invaluable to me as I continue to get acquainted with our supporters and explore new strategies to fulfill the MSO’s mission.”

Socks, a native of Southern Maryland, is a graduate of Frostburg State University. She is a 2019 Leadership Washington County Graduate and currently serves as a Leadership Washington County Mentor. She resides in Hagerstown with her three children.


Founded in 1982, Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 39th season as the area’s premier professional orchestra.  Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra plans to begin its 39th concert season in January 2021. Learn more: