Burns returns to take top job at Dallas Symphony this fall

Mon Jul 01, 2024 at 12:42 pm
Michelle Miller Burns previously served as interim DSO president in 2017-18.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has named Michelle Miller Burns as the ensemble’s next president and CEO. 

She succeeds Kim Noltemy, who after seven years at the top job in Dallas, departed last month for her new position as president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“I am delighted to return to Dallas to lead this incredible organization,” said Burns in a statement released by the orchestra. “The DSO is where I first stepped into a senior leadership role in the orchestra field, and this is an organization and a community that I love.” 

She added that the “Dallas Symphony is on an exciting trajectory – actively building on its commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement. I look forward to working with musicians, artistic leadership, Board, staff, volunteers, fans and supporters to continue to strengthen the DSO’s impact in Dallas and beyond.”

Burns has been president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2018. She served as interim president of the Dallas Symphony for eight months in 2017-18 as well as executive vice president for institutional advancement & COO.

“During her time with the DSO, Michelle established strong relationships throughout the organization, and we are thrilled that she is re-joining the DSO as its next President & CEO,” said Cece Smith, chair of the DSO board. “We know that with her depth of experience in the orchestra field, her very successful tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra and her deep ties within the Dallas community, Michelle will continue the momentum of the DSO.”

“I am confident that Michelle will be a great partner to build upon our strengths and bring even more audiences and attention to the Dallas Symphony, further developing our activities for our community and internationally,” said music director Fabio Luisi.

Burns will take up the position September 23 at the start of the fall season.

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