PSO hires Director of Education and Community Engagement

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to announce that John Elliott has been hired as Director of Education and Community Engagement.

In this position, Elliott will create and oversee programs to encourage children and youth to engage with symphonic music. Activities include in-school programs, concerts, and workshops; family and adult education programs; and community engagement initiatives.

A native of New Hampshire, Elliott is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors in Music. His experience as a professional musician includes working as Principal Tubist with the South Bend and Honolulu Symphonies as well as performing with a long list of American orchestras including the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Syracuse Symphony and the Boston Symphony and Pops. He has also worked to bring the power of music to a larger community through his work with Austin Soundwaves, an Austin-based youth orchestra program serving low income, at-risk children and was the founder of Austin’s first city-wide instrument drive, Fall Into Music. As a volunteer, John has served on the Board of Directors for the Round Rock Symphony in Round Rock, Texas for two years, first as a board member and for one year as President. Elliott most recently worked with Entrepreneurs Foundation in Texas, where he assisted in the launch of Lemonade Day Austin, a program that teaches children how to start their own business through operating a lemonade stand. He played an integral role in establishing and maintaining community partnerships and exceeded program enrollment goals. Prior to that he served as Communications Manager for Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts.

“We love this community and are fortunate to have a variety of programs in place that let us engage with our neighbors in a number of ways,” noted PSO Executive Director Lisa Dixon. “We’re excited to have John on our team and look forward to the positive impact he’ll have on the way we connect with our community.”

For more information on PSO’s community and education programs, visit


About the Portland Symphony Orchestra:

Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Maine and is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Made up of more than 80 professional musicians, the PSO is renowned for its critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement. The Symphony’s mission is to serve the community by enriching lives through music. More information can be found at

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