Abby Strickland began as the Director of Communications for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) August of 2019. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she graduated from Carson-Newman University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minor in English. Through her experiences in speech and debate, theatre, and communications research, she found her passion for public speaking and nonprofit work. A lifelong theatre and music lover, she enjoys getting to serve Knoxville’s artistic community through her work at the KSO. She loves reading, Sudoku, painting, podcasts, and being surrounded by dogs.