January 20, 2018
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BSO names new executive director

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BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced Thursday that Brian Hinrichs has been named the organization’s executive director.

Hinrichs, who will be moving to the Bangor area with his wife Alexandra and son Nathaniel from Madison, Wisconsin, will officially assume his new position on June 1. 

“Brian comes to us with experience and accomplishments beyond his years, while still looking at the position with fresh perspective,” said Joyce Clark-Sarnacki, the president of the Bangor Symphony’s board of directors. “We’re genuinely excited about his energy, knowledge, and passion and feel certain we have found a perfect fit, both for the BSO and the community.” 

Brian Hinrichs is completing his MBA at the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, UW-Madison, where he has recently held graduate positions with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Quartet. Prior to pursuing his MBA, Hinrichs spent three seasons working for Madison Opera, first as the manager of communications and community outreach and later as the director of marketing. In 2009, he was named one of Madison Magazine‘s “32 People You Should Know” for “crafting a cohesive online presence” for Madison Opera and “making the art form feel cutting edge.”

Before his work in Madison, Hinrichs was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to research the emerging Western classical music scene in Thailand, and his article on orchestra life in Bangkok appeared in Symphony Magazine. Earlier in his career, he held internships with Glimmerglass Opera, Chamber Music Magazine, and the Chenango Summer MusicFest. A native of Bay Shore, New York, Hinrichs is a cellist and completed his B.A. at Colgate University.

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of executive director at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and look forward to building on the great work of former ED David Whitehill. With Maestro Richman, the musicians, board, and staff, I hope to continue the organization along a path of financial and artistic excellence while finding new and creative ways to engage the greater Bangor community.”

The BSO began its search for a new executive director when David Whitehill announced his resignation in early October, just before the opening of the BSO’s 117th season. Whitehill left Bangor to take the position of executive director of the Asheville Symphony in Asheville, North Carolina.

The seven-member Search Committee was composed of a BSO musician and several Bboard members, with input from Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman and Director of Development Sarah S. P. McCarthy. Richman said, “I am thrilled that Brian will be joining us at a time when the orchestra has many wonderful concerts and projects looming on the horizon. Brian’s depth of understanding in this world of symphony orchestras will be of great value to the organization as we plan for the future.”

“After a comprehensive process, the search committee was pleased to identify Brian as the best candidate for us. We fully recognize that the interview process is two way and we feel fortunate that, in the end, we selected each other,” said Scott Blake, chairman of the search committee and secretary of the BSO’s board of directors. “We look forward to many years of mutual success.”

The BSO’s Masterworks season continues March 3, 2013, 3:00 pm, with “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO) will perform before this concert at 2 p.m. The season will close with “Dvorak’s Stabat Mater,” on April 14. 

The Bangor Symphony’s annual pops program will feature Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra” at 8 p.m. on March 23, co-presented with the Collins Center for the Arts.

The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras’ (BSYO) spring concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24,  at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

Tickets to Bangor Symphony Orchestra performances are available by calling the Collins Center of the Arts box office at207-581-1755 or 1-800-622-TIXX or online at www.bangorsymphony.org. For more information about the season and the BSO, go to www.bangorsymphony.org.