Reinhold brings passion for music, patron focus to Wichita Symphony

Posted on: November 21, 2011

In Sunday’s (11/20) Wichita Eagle (Kansas), Alice Mannette writes, “Donald Reinhold, the new executive director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, understands the marriage of passion, work and art. ‘It hit me at an early age,’ said Reinhold, who began piano lessons at age 10. ‘Music consumed me and became my passion, and I think I knew at that point that I wanted to spend my life in music.’ The symphony announced Thursday that Reinhold will be its newest executive director. He fills the position left vacant in September when Mitch Berman, the symphony’s executive director of 31 years, died. Following Berman’s death, which came two months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the Wichita Symphony Society launched a national search for a new executive director. Reinhold starts his new job Jan. 3. … Having worked for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and the Fresno Philharmonic in California, Reinhold is aware of the many challenges a symphony faces. … Reinhold increased the audience base for his last orchestra and plans to do the same in Wichita. ‘We have to create things that the community values,’ he said. Reinhold knows that pleasing the customer is of utmost importance. He calls this patron-centric service.”

Posted November 21, 2011