Deitrick retires from Springfield Symphony

Posted on: May 30, 2013

In Wednesday’s (5/29) Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), Brett Turner writes, “When Springfield Symphony Orchestra Executive Director David Deitrick officially retires on Saturday, it’s not so much a coda to his career. Think of it as the beginning of a new movement. He’s guided the organization for nine years, a time that included challenges such as the Great Recession, and he worked to create things hardly any other symphonies are doing in the face of that. A native of Lima, Ohio, Deitrick had a 30-year Army career in which he guided numerous bands including West Point’s. After his retirement, Deitrick returned to Lima and took a year off to contemplate where the music would take him next. Springfield offered the right note. Coming in on the heels of multiple interim directors, Deitrick, helped build a new era for the Springfield Symphony, along with Music Director Peter Stafford Wilson, still fairly new in his role then, and Robyn Zimmann, a longtime orchestra musician who took the director of operations and education role soon after Deitrick arrived. Zimmann will succeed Deitrick as the new executive director. One of the things Deitrick is most proud of is the original programs emphasizing the local community, created with Stafford Wilson.”

Posted May 30, 2013