Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Todd Aldrich to it’s Board of Directors

(December 10, 2021) Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Symphony welcomes Todd Aldrich to its Board of Directors. This appointment reflects the shared commitment of the entire organization to expand its community impact and deliver on the Symphony’s mission to bring joy, engagement, and connection through symphonic music. Aldrich and his wife Allyson are Symphony season ticket holders and members of Crescendo, the Symphony’s strategic donor initiative made up of visionary donors who have pledged 5 years of support. Aldrich is also a member of the Board’s Governance Committee.

“We are thrilled to have Todd join the Symphony’s board of directors,” said board chair Janet Garufis. “With momentum building around the Symphony’s impact in the community, our board is growing to support our 5-year artistic and operational framework, which allows us to create programming that would never be possible when looking year to year.”

Aldrich grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, and credits his mother for inspiring his love for singing and symphonic music. She was the featured soloist in his neighborhood church choir and wrote reviews of the local symphony performances for the newspaper. Aldrich graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and while still licensed to practice law in Minnesota, is retired from active practice. Prior to attending law school as an older student (he passed the bar exam at age 60), he served in senior leadership roles in emerging and growth companies in health care, medical technology, banking, and insurance. He also has extensive experience as a private equity investor.
Aldrich moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 with Allyson after their two children took jobs in California. He is active as a Corporate Director for a manufacturing firm in the plastics industry and is volunteer President and Board Chair for the Santa Barbara Choral Society. He also serves on the Board of the Montecito Rotary Foundation. Over the years he has served and chaired nonprofit boards including Project for Pride in Living, an affordable housing and workforce development nonprofit in Minneapolis, and the YMCA in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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