Corps Manager David Pham has resigned after serving in that position for two years. David has been a member of Pacific Crest’s staff since 2006, and has served as visual instructor, Tour Director, and Corps Manager. He performed with Pacific Crest from 2002 – 2005 in the tuba section.
David accepted a teaching assignment at Campbell Hall School two years ago, but he was recently tapped by the school to run its community services program, which will leave him little time to meet the demands of the Corps Manager position.
Under David’s leadership, a number of important policies and procedures were implemented. As a result, Pacific Crest’s touring capacity, personnel management, and program quality have flourished. “Though I have served as his manager these past few years,” says Executive Director Stuart Pompel, “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from David. I consider him a friend and colleague, and will miss him a great deal. I trust many will share this sentiment.”
To move forward, Gabriel Cobas will serve as Interim Corps Manager, effective September 1st. While Gabe is the corps’ Front Ensemble Manager and a freelance musician and percussion instructor, he also spent several years working for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops as Manager of Education Programs — in all, a total of 25 years of administrative and teaching experience.
“I’m very satisfied with the corps’ growth the past two years,” says Pham. “We made some remarkable improvements in how the corps operates and in the member experience. I’m confident Gabe will continue the great work, and I look forward to assisting him as needed.”
The tour management responsibilities will be moved out of the Corps Manager position so that Gabe can continue his work with the front ensemble. “I am honored to continue the great work done by David over the past couple of years. I am eager to get to work and provide a positive experience for all members and staff.”