Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra losing its CEO

June 12, 2017 by  

Gary Ginstling, the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is leaving the organization to take over as executive director of Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra. Ginstling has been with the ISO for the past four years. No date was given for his departure.

At the National Symphony, Ginstling will replace Rita Shapiro, who left in December, 2016, after 15 years with the organization. The National Symphony has also hired Gianandrea Noseda as its new music director, and appointed a new artistic director, Ben Folds.

Ginstling has helped broaden the appeal of the ISO beyond its usual audience, and has also increased ticket sales to record levels. In addition, the orchestra’s budget has been balanced for three of the last four years, and revenue from subscriptions and fundraising efforts has also gone up.

Ginstling has impressive credentials as a musician. A native of New Jersey, Ginstling is a clarinetist and earned a masters of music degree from Julliard; a Bachelor’s from Yale; and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and was principal clarinetist of the New West Symphony, which plays in Ventura County, California, for twelve seasons.

Organizations like this might work with a newsletter printing company to create a special letter for subscribers, creating a biography as a memento for the departure.