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DSO News 9-11-2013



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Veteran executive announces her retirement as Chief Operating Officer

Detroit, (September 11, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today the promotion of 12 members of its team. Originally announced at a staff-wide meeting by DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons last week, the reorganization comes following the decision of Patricia Walker, veteran DSO Chief Operating Officer, to resign her position in order to move on to the next adventure in her distinguished career.

Effective September 1, Paul Hogle, Executive Vice President, and Linda Lutz, Chief Financial Officer, have each agreed to take on new areas of responsibility, in addition to their previous assignments. Hogle will add artistic planning, orchestra operations, education programs, community engagement, presentations, and archives to his assignments. Lutz will add human resources and facility operations and maintenance to her portfolio. Both Hogle and Lutz report to the CEO.

Erik Rӧnmark has been promoted to General Manager and Artistic Administrator. The General Manager and Artistic Administrator is an executive leadership position for the DSO, with responsibility for directing orchestra operations, artistic administration and concert production. Rӧnmark will lead all DSO operations, while managing key internal and external relationships of the organization. Rӧnmark will report to the Executive Vice President.

Alice Sauro has been promoted to Orchestra Manager. The Orchestra Manager is a senior leadership position for the DSO with responsibility for planning, organizing and managing day-to-day orchestra operations and concert production. The Orchestra Manager supervises orchestra personnel staff, stage technicians, library staff, operations and productions coordinator, and the assistant to the Music Director. Sauro will report to the General Manager and Artistic Administrator.

Scott Harrison has been promoted to Executive Director of Board Engagement and Strategy. The Executive Director of Board Engagement and Strategy will be the chief engagement officer in pursuit of fully activated and deployed governance body members. The Executive Director will work seamlessly with the leadership from the Directors, Trustees, Governing Members, Orchestra and the Administration in pursuit of DSO strategy and innovation. Harrison will continue to serve as Executive Producer of Digital Media and report to the Executive Vice President.

Three other Director-level promotions were simultaneously announced:

Chris Harrington has been promoted to Director of Audience Development and Managing Director of the Paradise Jazz Series. Eric Woodhams has been named Director of Digital Media. Anna Savone is newly promoted to Director of Catering and Retail Services.

Finally, there are new assignments for several key managers: Lindsey Evert is the new Loyalty Program and Strategy Manager, Kathryn Ginsburg has been named Artistic Manager, Bree Kneisler assumes the role of Prospect Research and Advancement Services Manager, and Anné Renforth has been promoted to Patron Sales and Service Manager.
The reorganization included the elimination of five positions. The following is an alphabetical listing of the eliminated positions: Archivist, Controller, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Coordinator, and Manager of Popular & Special Programs. Thanks to a generous gift from DSO Trustee Jim Mitchell, those affected will receive the complimentary services of Lee Hecht Harrison in helping transition those individuals into new employment opportunities. These functions have been reassigned, or contracted externally, allowing the DSO to create several new positions in the areas of digital media; fundraising; and community, educational and artistic support. Job descriptions will be posted at, and interested parties should send their cover letter and resume to

About Patricia Walker

Patricia Walker joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1999 as Vice President of Human Resources. In 2007 she was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. While her more recent experience has been in the not-for-profit environment, Patricia has also been successful in healthcare and the public sector. Walker’s successful career is augmented by an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University, and a BA in English (magna cum Laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In addition to being a full-time executive, Patricia supports a variety of youth programs including the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the Huron High School Cross Country team, the Huron High School choirs, youth volunteer programs at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and the Huron Rowing Association.

Patricia has participated on the HR Committee of the Board of HAVEN for 11 years, and she is the Fundraising Coordinator for the Huron Rowing Association. Walker is a member of Inforum Michigan (formerly the Women’s Economic Club), and a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management).

“Pat served the DSO for over 14 amazing years, and in the last five, she took on an extensive executive role during one of the organization’s most stressful times in our recent history,” said Anne Parsons. “She met and overcame challenges with patience and an inner strength that enabled others to carry on; she has shown empathy and support to all she encountered; her resiliency and fortitude have made her an outstanding partner and caretaker to the DSO.”

Walker helped build the outstanding professional team which allowed the DSO to reconsider the roles and responsibilities and the preceding promotions, rather than search outside the organization.

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