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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra gets new CEO

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Gary Ginstling - ROGER MASTROIANNI
  • Roger Mastroianni
  • Gary Ginstling

NUVO received the following press release on Feb. 13, 2013:

INDIANAPOLIS - The Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced today that Gary Ginstling has been appointed CEO and assumes his role on March 18, 2013. With previous orchestra experience in Cleveland and San Francisco, Ginstling brings a combination of senior-level orchestra leadership, artistic planning, earned income generation and fundraising, strategic planning and communications experience to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

As the General Manager of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2008, Ginstling's responsibilities include the management of Severance Hall, widely regarded as one of the finest concert halls in the U.S., and the orchestra's summer home at the Blossom Music Center. He has led the orchestra's artistic planning alongside acclaimed Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, as well as orchestra operations, educational and community initiatives, electronic media projects and The Cleveland Orchestra's extensive national and international touring programs.

During his tenure, Ginstling planned and led several new initiatives, including fully staged opera and ballet productions and new concert formats, which have resulted in significant audience growth; new community programs and collaborations which have extended the orchestra's reach within the greater Cleveland community; and robust touring and residency programs in high-profile cities, yielding artistic acclaim and revenue growth.

Chaired by ISO board member Andrea Cranfill, the ISO's CEO search committee is composed of board members Don Altemeyer, Bob Anker, Pete Howard, Martha Lamkin (board chair), Ken Renkens, Alice Schloss, John Thornburgh and Marianne Williams Tobias; ISO musicians Zach De Pue (Concertmaster) and Jerry Montgomery (horn); Jackie Groth, CFO and interim president and CEO; and Glen Kwok, executive director of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

"The ISO search committee is confident in its recommendation of Gary to the position of CEO," said Andrea Cranfill. "After reviewing more than 60 applications and interviewing dozens of highly-qualified candidates, Gary emerged as a clear leader with his significant educational background paired with his demonstrated experience with achieving artistic success, raising revenue and building communities for symphonic music."

"As a senior manager in two major American orchestras, Gary is a passionate champion of orchestral music and has all the necessary artistic and business skills to lead our Indianapolis Symphony," said Martha Lamkin. "Even more importantly, he is the ideal leader to bring us to the next level in patron engagement, artistic innovation, and annual support and donor cultivation through a broader approach to our musical footprint, at home and all across the state."

Prior to his work in Cleveland, Ginstling served as the Director of Communications and External Affairs for the San Francisco Symphony (2006-2008), where he oversaw the national public relations campaign to launch the Keeping Score television project featuring music director Michael Tilson Thomas, and as Executive Director for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006), where he delivered three years of balanced budgets and reduced the symphony's debt by 60 percent.

A native of New Jersey, Ginstling earned a MBA at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. A clarinetist, Ginstling earned a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Yale University. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic and served for twelve seasons as Principal Clarinet for the New West Symphony in Ventura County, California. He and his wife, Marta, have two children.

"I am honored to be joining the Indianapolis Symphony and relocating my family to Indianapolis," said Gary Ginstling. "The community's response during the recent fundraising campaign was inspiring and demonstrates that the ISO is uniquely positioned to enhance the role of the arts in Indianapolis. I look forward to working with Krzysztof Urbański and Jack Everly, the ISO musicians, board, staff, patrons and supporters to shape the next era for this extraordinary institution."

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