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Reading Symphony Orchestra names new executive director [Spotlight]

The Reading Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of its new executive director, David Whitehill, effective March 1.

With an unwavering passion for music and the RSO community, Whitehill is poised to lead the symphony into a new era of development.

Whitehill comes to the RSO with a proven track record of success in the arts. With his extensive background in music education and leadership, Whitehill is well-equipped to guide RSO.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining an orchestra with as rich of a history as the Reading Symphony and a community with a passion to match,” Whitehill said. “In the time I’ve spent with those affiliated with the organization, I can see how much commitment and enthusiasm there is for both the orchestra and its youth programs. I am also eager for the opportunity to collaborate with Music Director Andrew Constantine and to work with the musicians, staff and board of the orchestra.”

Prior to his recent appointment, Whitehill served as president and CEO of ArtsinStark, a Stark County-wide arts council, in Canton, Ohio. Additionally, Whitehill served as the executive director for both the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine. During his time in Asheville, Whitehill developed and oversaw the implementation of several signature Asheville Symphony programs, including the Asheville Amadeus festival.

Whitehill also worked in Orange County, Calif., as an arts administrator with the Pacific Symphony, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and the Philharmonic Society.

Constantine shared his enthusiasm for the appointment, saying: “I am thrilled to welcome David to the RSO family. He brings a unique blend of passion for music and proven leadership skills that will undoubtedly enhance our collective vision.”

Among his many accolades, Musical America recognized Whitehill in 2019 as one of the Top 30 Professionals of the Performing Arts. Additionally, as executive producer of Ideasound, Whitehill worked with Grammy winners Steep Canyon Rangers and Boyz II Men on “Be Still Moses,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart.

“We are delighted to welcome David Whitehill to the Reading Symphony Orchestra,” said Kevin DeAcosta, a longtime RSO board member who recently was appointed board president. “With his dynamic leadership and dedication to artistic excellence, we are confident that David will help the Reading Symphony Orchestra reach new heights of creativity and impact.”

The cover of "What Did They Say? Observations From Eighth-Grade Students," by Todd Sherman.
The cover of “What Did They Say? Observations From Eighth-Grade Students,” by Todd Sherman.


Exeter Township resident and retired Daniel Boone Middle School teacher Todd Sherman has released his first book, “What Did They Say? Observations from Eighth-Grade Students,” published by AuthorHouse.

The book is a compilation of over 600 amusing remarks made by eighth-graders, along with the narratives behind them, meticulously documented by their teacher over a span of 13 years.

In August 2007, while teaching language arts to eighth graders, Sherman overheard a student exclaim, “Floyd is not a first name.” Intrigued by this unexpected comment, Sherman and his students decided to start recording such humorous utterances on the classroom whiteboard. This practice evolved into a daily ritual known as the “Quote of the Day.”

In this engaging compilation, Sherman presents more than 600 outrageous comments from his students, categorized into 13 categories. Examples include statements like, “I was in New York for like two days yesterday,” “Raisins are basically grandma grapes,” “I did the homework in my head,” and “I always thought Santa watched me through the air vent when I got changed.”

Reflecting on his teaching journey, Sherman expressed gratitude for the privilege of being a language arts teacher to more than 2,000 students since 1998. Sherman encourages readers to savor the malaprops, clichés, misuses of words and comical remarks from his students, emphasizing the joy and fun that students brought to his classroom over the span of 23 years.

Sherman is a graduate of Oley Valley and Penn State University and former award-winning journalist at the Reading Eagle, the Evening Phoenix (Phoenixville) and the Pottstown Mercury.

The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Comedian Earl David Reed will perform March 25 at Reading Civic Theatre, Exeter Township.
Comedian Earl David Reed will perform March 30 at Reading Civic Theatre, Exeter Township.


Reading Civic Theatre will present a show by comedian Earl David Reed on March 30 at 8 p.m. at its theater at 4350 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township.

Reed has been performing for 25 years, having appeared on “The Tonight Show” and many other TV shows, as well as in more than 100 comedy clubs and college theater. He also has appeared in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at or at the door the evening of the show.


Tickets are on sale for “Bluey’s Big Play,” coming to the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, May 15-16. Tickets are on sale at

“Bluey’s Big Play” is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by “Bluey” creator Joe Brumm, and new music by “Bluey” composer Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theater show, featuring brilliantly created puppets.

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