Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Announces New Executive Director: Liberty-Grace Bland

The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Liberty-Grace Bland as its new Executive Director.

Bland brings with her a wealth of nonprofit and marketing experience and a passion for the arts, making her an invaluable addition to the Abilene Philharmonic team.

Before coming to the Philharmonic, Bland served as Assistant Director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and Assistant Director of External Relations for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She also previously worked as a Program Manager for the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, and taught courses in Marketing at Cisco College. Bland holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oral Roberts University. In her personal time, Bland enjoys distance running and volunteering with organizations such as Big Country CASA, The Abilene Woman’s Club, and the Abilene Philharmonic Guild.

Commenting on the appointment, Joe Biles, President of the Board of Governors, remarked, “We are thrilled to welcome Liberty-Grace Bland as our new Executive Director. She’s no stranger to Abilene or to Abilene nonprofits. I’ve been impressed with her ever since I met her through Rotary [Club], and I’m beyond excited that we’ll have a member of the Philharmonic Guild now running the Philharmonic Association.”

Evan Simmons, Vice President of the Board of Governors, added, “Liberty-Grace’s tireless work ethic will propel the Philharmonic Association to new heights.”

The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1950, is committed to enriching the cultural landscape of Abilene and beyond through exceptional musical performances, education programs, and community engagement initiatives. With a mission to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages, the Abilene Philharmonic is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of symphonic music. This fall, the Philharmonic is proud to celebrate Maestro David Itkin’s 20th season as Music Director.