Sheila Jones has been named as Director of Community Stewardship/African American Network by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

The appointment, announced July 18 by Philip Koester, CSO vice president of marketing/sales, is part of the CSO’s mission to deepen its relationships with the larger Chicago community.

In her new role, Jones will expand the activities and reach of the African American Network, established in November 2016, as an audience-development initiative. She also will serve as an ambassador at off-site community and networking events throughout the Chicago area, with the goal of building and cultivating community relationships year-round.

“In these challenging times in which we find ourselves as a society, I am reminded of the power of music to bridge the gaps of the unknown, unheard and unseen,” said Jones, who previously served for 11 years as a supervisor in the CSO’s patron services department, and is the founder of the CSO’s AAN.  “I am so proud of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for taking this step forward and opening new windows of opportunities to embrace, exchange and explore the gifts and talents of the African American community.”

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