The Phoenix Symphony names Suzanne Wilson as president, CEO


The Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors has selected Suzanne Wilson, a performing arts industry veteran, as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.

She begins Jan. 21 and brings her extensive experience in performing arts, education, according to a press release, noting the attributes that serve as primary missions of The Phoenix Symphony.

“I am incredibly excited and proud to join an organization with the kind of impact and reputation The Phoenix Symphony enjoys,” said Ms. Wilson in a prepared statement.

“It is my honor to collaborate with Tito, the talented musicians, dedicated Board of Directors, committed staff and the entire Valley community to advance this treasured musical institution. Together, The Phoenix Symphony will continue to create the highest quality music experiences, bolster economies and educate the next generation of musicians and audiences.”

She previously served as the executive director of the Midori Foundation, a “preeminent provider of high-quality music education” to New York City public school students in under-served communities.

In addition to serving as chief of staff for the New England Conservatory in Boston, the release said she even worked as director of the Office of External Affairs and Partnerships for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; and vice president of Education and Community Engagement for the Celebrity Series of Boston.

A graduate of Kenyon College, she completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management; plus, has a background as a singer, the release added.

Selected after the Phoenix Symphony conducted a national search, Ms. Wilson will succeed Jim Ward, who led the symphony in the same position since 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Suzanne to the Valley and to The Phoenix Symphony,” said Dr. Oliver Harper, board chairman for The Phoenix Symphony, in a prepared statement.

“She brings an extensive amount of experience in the performing arts to our organization, but just as importantly, she understands the importance of educating future generations of performers and patrons of the arts, something that is an integral part of our mission.”

“Suzanne is the perfect candidate to bring new insight and innovation to The Phoenix Symphony,” said Dr. Steven Tepper, Dean of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Art and Design, in a prepared statement.

“During our interview, it became clear that she understood the value of the symphony to the region, both as a performing arts organization but also as an educational organization. She will be a powerful leader in our community with immediate impact.”

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