A new face and a job well done: KSO Staff News

KSO Staff News and Acknowledgements


Rachel Dellinger (KSO Director of Communications) has been named a 2018 Honoree for
KnoxBiz.com’s 40 Under 40. She is responsible for media and community relations, web and social media, and public relations/marketing efforts for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, she has measurably increased engagement on Knoxville Symphony’s social media platforms, implemented  message strategies to convey the KSO’s community impact and reach, and spearheaded the creation of the Young Friends of the Symphony, a membership group intended to engage existing/potential  audience members by offering special events and discounted tickets to its members.

A Knoxville native, Rachel graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication where her passion for publicizing the arts was fostered. Rachel has served on several nonprofit boards including the Young Professionals of Knoxville (2016 President), Knoxville Rotaract Club (secretary and charter member), Tennesseans for the Arts (East TN Vice President), and the Tennessee Stage Company (marketing chair). She is passionate about connecting, supporting and working with people in any capacity and enjoys grammar, her dog Wally, and live performance of any  kind.



Nathan McGhee has joined the Knoxville Symphony staff as the customer service representative/administrative assistant, a role which  includes ticket sales and reception duties for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He is one of three full-time staff members in the Box Office, provides general office support, and acts as the liaison between staff and the KSO Board of Directors.

Nathan joined the non-profit world in 2010 where he served as Project Specialist and Education Coordinator at Morristown’s Rose Center Council for the Arts. With this position, Nathan created new fundraising projects along with a new after school program for the Center that is still alive today. In 2015, Nathan created the Humane Education for Youth program for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, which saw over 8,000 students in its first operating year.  Nathan believes that volunteer work is vital in communities, having served on the Board for the Morristown Theatre Guild, tutoring for local Knox County Schools, and volunteering at rural animal shelters in East Tennessee. Nathan is ecstatic to be joining the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and to be getting back to work in the Arts. The positivity and enthusiasm he has seen during his brief start with the KSO has been deeply inspiring and refreshing! Outside of work and volunteering, you can most likely find Nathan performing with Knoxville or Morristown theatre companies or fulfilling his many uncle responsibilities.



The first week on the job (for Nathan), the two showed their Halloween spirit at the KSO Young People’s Concerts on Oct. 31, 2018 as they welcomed 2,200 students to the Symphony.

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