Dr. Anne Viricel
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE 2013
EDUCATION Doctorate - University of LaVerne
FUN FACT Anne holds elected office as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the San Bernardino Community College Board of Directors
Dr. Anne L. Viricel joined the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra in 2013, bringing over 25 years of strategic business expertise in both the public and private sectors. With a strong desire to advance the economic success of the Inland Empire, she enthusiastically took on the daunting task of improving the Orchestra’s visibility through positive public perception initiatives regarding the role of the arts and arts education in the Inland Empire. The results of those considerable efforts include statistically significant increases in local audience diversity and engagement at all levels, a growing volunteer base, state-wide notoriety including best-in-industry awards, and a near-doubled annual budget.
Not long after joining the organization, Dr. Viricel established our Classroom to Concert Hall initiative which provides a pathway to fine arts access to hundreds of local students and their families each season. She also doubled the number of annual student concerts and expanded the program to neighboring communities. To further support the Symphony’s mission for music education, Dr. Viricel is a regular career day presenter throughout the region, and she serves as a Reading Buddy in K-2 classrooms and as a Mom Mob Member regularly supporting K-6 students throughout the San Bernardino City USD.
In addition to her work with the Symphony, Dr. Viricel holds public office as Chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees. She has simultaneously worked as a professor at the University of Redlands School of Business for over 20 years. She further serves the community as treasurer of three nonprofit organizations: The San Bernardino County Natural History Museum Association, the San Bernardino Valley Concert Association, and the San Bernardino County Arts Connection. She is also a board member at large for a number of local nonprofits including The Unforgettables Foundation. She was recently elected as an officer of the newly formed California Community College Women’s Caucus.
Dr. Viricel is also an author, having published dozens of academic and industry articles and, most recently, collaborating on the autobiography of educator and civil rights activist Dr. Margaret Hill.
Some of her notable recognitions include:
· Assembly District 47 Woman of the Year Nominee, 2020
· Unforgettable Hearts Award, Unforgettables Foundation, 2017 and 2020
· University of Redlands School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013 and 2018
· Inland Empire Magazine MVP “Sixteen Locals Who Made It Happen,” 2017
· Assembly District 40 Highland Woman of the Year, 2016
· 23rd State Senatorial District Woman of Distinction Honoree, City of Highland, 2016
· League of Women Voters Citizen of Achievement, 2015
· Woman of Distinction Honoree, City of San Bernardino, 2014
· Black Culture Foundation “Black Rose” Award, 2013