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Idaho Falls Symphony hires executive director

The Idaho Falls Symphony has hired Alekzandria Peugh as its executive director following a national search.

Peugh will move to Idaho Falls from Springfield, Ohio, shortly after Christmas, a Symphony news release said. She starts work in January.

“The dedication that the board shows to the organization makes it clear that the symphony is a valuable asset to the city,” Peugh said in a statement. “I am eager to work with the board, the maestro, and the musicians to serve the community with high-quality, accessible entertainment that will educate and inspire us all.”

Peugh has been the director of operations and education with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She attended Cleveland State University as a clarinet player and graduated cum laude with a degree in music education, the release said. She has extensive experience working with students as a band director, an elementary classroom teacher, and as the primary administrator for the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Peugh was the unanimous choice of the executive director search committee, the release said. About 30 candidates were considered from the initial pool of applicants.

“We are very lucky to have Alekzandria joining the Symphony family,” said Thomas Heuser, music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony since 2011. “She adds an abundance of energy to the organization, with fresh ideas and extensive skills to manage the business of the orchestra.”

Linnell stepping down from Teton Valley Foundation

John Fisher, chairman of the board of directors for the Teton Valley Foundation, announced in an email that Erica Linnell, the Foundation’s executive director, is leaving the organization.

Linnell’s last day will be Feb. 2.

Linnell assumed the organization’s helm in early 2014 after several years of service as a volunteer for Music on Main, Teton Valley 2020 and The Community Foundation of Teton Valley. She also was a senior board member for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways.

Before joining the Foundation, Linnell spent 17 years at the National Outdoor Leadership School where she led the NOLS Women’s Initiative to recruit and train female staff and served as a senior lead instructor for the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute.

She also spent five years as the Nordic Director at Grand Targhee Resort where she expanded telemark and cross-country programming for the Ski School.

“On behalf of the Teton Valley Foundation Board, it is with both pride and sadness that I announce the … departure of Erica Linnell,” Fisher said in his email. “Although this is a huge loss for the TVF family, we are at the same time very happy for Erica as she moves forward with the next phase of her life.”