Rosalie Contreras is Vice-President of Marketing, Communications, and Customer Care with the Seattle Symphony, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to that appointment she served as Publicity Manager for the symphony for ten years.
Contreras graduated from Walla Walla College, now University, in 2007 with a B.A. and majors in business administration and music, with flute as her performance area. During her senior year she served an internship in the local symphony, which led her to her decision to pursue a career in arts administration.
She completed an MBA and took additional work in arts management at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1999. During her study at UC, she did an internship in the office of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 1998 that led to a regular position with the orchestra in public relations that fall and to the offer from the Seattle Symphony in 2000.
As Director of Communications, Contreras oversees all aspects of public relations including marketing, publications, and media relationships and online social activities. She also is responsible for customer service and the building of relationships with audiences.
Sources: Seattle Symphony press release, 1 April 2010; Walla Walla College music department newsletter, Opus, Summer 1997, 21; Personal Knowledge.