PHOENIX – The Phoenix Symphony has concluded a six month search for General Manager with the appointment of Andrew Kipe, the current Executive Director for Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kipe will begin his role with The Phoenix Symphony on January 4, 2011.
“I am thrilled to be joining The Phoenix Symphony as General Manager and working with Michael Christie, the musicians and staff of TPS,” says Mr. Kipe. “The Symphony’s reputation for artistic quality and innovative programming makes this move very appealing for me. I look forward to contributing to the future success of the organization as well as becoming part of the Phoenix community.”
Prior to his appointment in Phoenix, Mr. Kipe served for four and a half years as the Executive Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kipe’s accomplishments at the Maryland Symphony include leading the MSO board through a comprehensive restructuring initiative to emphasize board governance, launching the MSO’s latest endowment fundraising campaign and seeing the orchestra through the recession without cuts to programming, educational outreach or staff. Previous positions include seven years in Portland, Maine where he served as the General Manager of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for five years and two years in the position of Orchestra Manager.
At the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Phoenix Symphony Association, held at Symphony Hall on Tuesday, November, 2010, the board of directors held and approved elections which reinstated members for the remainder of their annual term. C.A. Howlett was elected for his third term as board chair and Douglas Scheetz, Linda Hunt, Mal Jozoff, Christine Gustafson, John Graham and Donald Brandt were reinstated as Treasurer, Secretary, Contract Review Committee, Development, Nominating & Governance, and Audit Vice Chairs, respectively.
About The Phoenix Symphony: The Phoenix Symphony has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. What began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year (in a city of fewer than 100,000 people) today serves more than 300,000 people annually, with almost 200 concerts and presentations throughout the greater Phoenix area and beyond.
Under the artistic leadership of Michael Christie as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director and administrative leadership of President & CEO Jim Ward, the orchestra is overseen by the non-profit Phoenix Symphony Association under Board Chairman C.A. Howlett.
The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony performs for more than 80,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs.
The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Sponsors are US Airways, APS, Target and The Arizona Republic.