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Meet Our Leadership Team
HUNTER SCOTT SAFRIT
Salisbury native Hunter Scott Safrit graduated from Catawba College in 2016 with a degree in Music Education in the Conducting cognate. Hunter has consistently been a part of the symphony’s staff in one capacity or another for over eight years, starting as an unpaid intern while still a college student, and most recently as Associate Executive Director for the SSO. Selected for the Director's position by the SSO board of directors in March, 2020, Hunter began his new responsibilities on July 1, 2020. He also currently holds the position of music director for the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society, a local Arts organization with a history of more than 110 years. As Director, his goal is to "bring the joy of music to anyone willing to listen."
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mark Hibshman graduated from West Chester University in West Chester, PA with both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance. He was awarded a graduate assistantship by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and earned a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance. From there, he was awarded a Graduate Fellowship and assistantship from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, where he pursued his doctorate from 2002-2006. His teachers have included Frank Kaderabek, Dr. Kenneth Laudermilch, Dr. Paul Morton, and Dr. Edward Bach. Mark is an active performer throughout the state and currently performs with the Salisbury Symphony, the North Carolina Brass Band, the Western Piedmont Symphony, and regularly performs with many other groups including the Piedmont Wind Symphony and the da Capo Brass Quintet.
Randy Overcash is a graduate of Pfeiffer College (now University) with a degree in Sacred Music and earned his Master’s Degree in Technology Education from NC A&T State. He served as Audio/AV/Lighting Technician with The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) from 1972 to 1992, supporting performing units with TUSAB and the U.S. Army Chorus in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Randy served as the Salisbury Symphony’s part-time Education Director from 2005 to 2008. He began a teaching career as a Technology Educator at Concord Middle School, and later rose to Assistant Principal at Porter Ridge High School and Albemarle High School from 2008-2013. Randy was recognized for his service to the Army by being designated an Honorary Member of the U.S. Army Chorus in 2016. He has performed with numerous choral groups, including the St. John’s Men’s Chorus, Piedmont Choral Society, Y Wonders Singers and the Salisbury Symphony Chorale.
ELIZABETH "BETH" COOK
Education Director Beth Cook recently joined the Symphony staff after retiring from teaching Chorus at Charles C. Erwin Middle School. She retired with 27 years of teaching experience, all with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Pfeiffer University, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified. She lives in Salisbury and enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Youth Orchestra Director
David Miller is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Music Education at UNC Greensboro, where he serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is a summa cum laude graduate of UNCG’s undergraduate music education program; while at UNCG he was the recipient of the Barbara B. Baird award for Excellence in Music Education and the Student Excellence Award. Prior to returning to UNCG to pursue his Master's Degree he spent five years as the director of orchestras and AP Music Theory teacher at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC, where he began the county’s first orchestra program at the high school and as an extra-curricular he oversaw the implementation of orchestra classes in grades 6 - 12 at CC Griffin Middle School. In addition to his teaching duties Miller has served on the School Improvement Team, Professional Development Team, and the Cabarrus County Schools Arts Council. An active horn player, Miller frequently plays with local ensembles and teaches private lessons to area students.