Milwaukee Symphony names trumpeter Niehaus executive director

Posted on: September 13, 2012

Wednesday (9/12) on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online, Jim Higgins writes that “principal trumpeter Mark Niehaus has been named the new president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the MSO announced Wednesday. Niehaus succeeds MaryEllen Gleason, who has resigned after two seasons as the MSO’s executive to pursue other opportunities, according to a statement from board chairman Douglas Hagerman. The MSO also announced a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012, which ended Aug. 31, noting that major gifts from the David and Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation and William and Polly Van Dyke made that possible. … Niehaus has been the MSO’s principal trumpeter since 1998, and has been a featured soloist, but will now put down his horn and pick up spreadsheets and donor calls. ‘Mark has emerged in the last couple years as a valued board member, a valued representative of the orchestra and a really great spokesman for the orchestra,’ Hagerman said. … While his primary job has been making music, Niehaus does bring related administrative experience to his new job. As chairman of the Orchestra Players’ Council, he often has been in the position of explaining decisions and challenges to the musicians.”

Posted September 13, 2012