Johnstown Symphony adds Three Community Leaders to Board

“The JSO expands service and impact through the leadership of experienced professionals”

By Jessica Satava, JSO Executive Director December 24, 2020

Johnstown, PA: 

In a unanimous vote, the Johnstown Symphony Board of Trustees approved the addition of three new members. Dr. Stephanie Caulder, Professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Principal Oboe of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, J. Eric Renner, President and CEO of 1stSummit Bank, and Gregory Suppes, Vice President of Operations at GapVax.  

William J. Locher, the President of the JSO’s Board of Trustees says, “Throughout my tenure as president, I have been focused on expanding the capacity of our board through the recruitment of experienced, talented professionals with deep connections to music and its crucial role in community life. I am overjoyed that Stephanie, Eric, and Greg will be joining our team to help carry forward the mission of this organization whose success has enormous impact on our economic and educational position as a community.

”Since January 2020, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra has added 10 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisors. The Board of Trustees serves as the fiduciary governing body, accompanied by the Board of Advisors, whose role it is to bring perspective, ideas, and a volunteer spirit to the organization through their diverse backgrounds and experience. The Trustees ensure the financial stewardship and drive the fundraising and governance mechanisms of the organization through committee work and the record-breaking annual fund campaign, while the Advisors working a more project-based capacity, such as the Lifting Spirits virtual wine education initiative, and the Simple Gifts music-sharing program, as well as the transitional branding project #JSOMuchMore. 

Dr. Caulder expressed her excitement to serve, “I am delighted to be serving as the orchestra liaison to the JSO Board of Trustees and Advisors. My hope is that I can give back to the organization that has provided me with so much artistic joy for nearly 19 years and represent my terrific orchestra colleagues and their interests well.”

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to connecting our community with sound and providing music for all during this challenging time. For more information about our virtual offerings, and to stay up to date as our plans developfor in-person events,please visit