March 18, 2003 - Monterey Symphony: Iran RPCV Joseph Truskot is Executive Director of the Monterey County Symphony

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Iran RPCV Joseph Truskot is Executive Director of the Monterey County Symphony

Iran RPCV Joseph Truskot is Executive Director of the Monterey County Symphony

Joseph Truskot was appointed Executive Director of the Monterey County Symphony Association, Inc. in September 1990. He heads all management activities of the 1.5 million dollar professional orchestra including management of artistic and administrative personnel, fundraising, marketing, publicity, finance, and trustee support.

During Mr. Truskot's time at the orchestra, he has led the institution into a successful long range planning process, the selection of Kate Tamarkin as the new music director, organized the 50th Anniversary celebrations during the 1995-96 Season, and professionalized all aspects of the administration. He also oversaw the creation of the July Fourth Concert at Graniterock's Aromas Quarry, instituted a cabaret-style pops concert, devised concert programs and hands-on activities for a Music Day concert at Sherwood Hall, organized the Carmel Mission Concerts, and created an outdoor, free concert entitled, the Symphony at Quail Meadows. He guided the expansion of the orchestra's In School Demonstration Program into all public and private schools in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The orchestra's operating budget has grown from $697,832 in FY90 to $1,600,000 in FY02. He also assisted the orchestra in reorganizing and revitalizing the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, its volunteer auxiliary.

Prior to joining the 57-year-old orchestra, Joseph Truskot served as Director of Training of the American Symphony Orchestra League in Washington, D.C. During his nine-year tenure at the League, the Nation's arts service organization for orchestras, Mr. Truskot was responsible for setting up national conferences, seminars, and workshops that trained administrators, trustees, and volunteers. He managed all aspects of the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program and was the national liaison for orchestra education directors. He published several books including "Principles of Orchestra Management," "Orchestra Education Handbook," and numerous other articles, manuals, and resource materials. His management issues column, "Staff Lines," appeared in Symphony Magazine for eight years.

Joseph Truskot received a Master's Degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mr. Truskot was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran and Management Intern for C.A.R.E. Inc. in Belize, Central America. He was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio.

Currently, Mr. Truskot is past president of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He is a past board member of the National Steinbeck Center -- a multi-million dollar archives and museum in Salinas. He serves on the advisory board of the Salinas Valley International Mariachi Festival and Conference. He is a member of the National Peace Corps Association, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northern California, the American Contract Bridge League and the American Rose Society. He resides in Salinas, California.

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By Yousef Charchi ( on Monday, January 05, 2009 - 12:12 pm: Edit Post

Hi , Joe,
I wish you a Happy New Year.

Your former Bunkie in Brojerd : Yousf Charchi

By Yousef Charchi ( on Monday, January 05, 2009 - 12:29 pm: Edit Post

Dear Joe,
I have been trying to get in touch with you but I didn't know where I could refer to. A few minutes ago an idea came to my mind.I thought I can search for you in the google and immediately I was shocked to see you biography. When I saw Iran and former PCV I was totally sure that I have finally found you.I am 64 years old and still teach English and enjoy teaching. I have learned so many things from you that I will never forget your favors. The dictionary you had sent to me I still use it and I am grateful for you foever. Please do get in touch wit me. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Yousef Charchi, English teacher from Ahar, residing in Tabriz, Iran now.

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