Fresh Faces of Philanthropy: Samantha Breske Magee | People + Places

Fresh Faces of Philanthropy: Samantha Breske Magee | People + Places

The Nashville Symphony brings to life its mission to entertain and educate audiences with varied opportunities to engage with orchestral music.

Music has always been part of Samantha Breske Magee’s life, and it laid the foundation for her career. Samantha, now the vice president of marketing strategy and business operations at X Agency, grew up going to the theater in her native Chicago. Having loved the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and studied violin in college, Samantha knew she wanted to get involved with the Nashville Symphony when she moved to town.

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Samantha is enthusiastic about her involvement with the symphony. She has met some of her closest friends there and expanded connections with professionals outside her normal purview. She and her husband regularly attend concerts and connect socially with other associate board of directors and Crescendo Club members. She feels she has also deepened her professional skills by leading board meetings, revising bylaws and speaking on behalf of the symphony in the community. She now co-chairs Spirits of Summer, the Symphony’s third-largest fundraising event of the year.

Samantha recently completed the Young Leaders Council program, an 11-week intensive curriculum that prepares participants for effective board service and showcases the work of some of Nashville’s great nonprofits. She believes these skills have helped her better serve her clients and become a stronger leader in her company. Her work at the symphony has also prepared her for other roles in the Nashville arts community, as she now serves on the board of directors at the Nashville Repertory Theatre.

Samantha notes that the Nashville Symphony serves Middle Tennessee in so many meaningful ways — not only through industry-leading performances and events, but also through educational programs, advocacy and community outreach initiatives. “The associate board of directors is also leading the industry in next-generational leadership,” says Samantha. “I’m inspired to serve with such a passionate and engaged group of young professionals.”

Dress: Emanuel Ungaro from Gus Mayer 

Earrings, ring: Margaret Ellis Jewelry

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