“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has appointed Melia Peters Tourangeau as its new president and CEO, effective in August,” writes Elizabeth Bloom in Tuesday’s (5/5) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Tourangeau will come to Pittsburgh from Salt Lake City, where she has served as president and CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. She succeeds Jim Wilkinson, who is retiring…. The PSO is hopeful that Ms. Tourangeau, 43, will be able to replicate in Pittsburgh some of the success she has overseen in Salt Lake City, where she has worked since 2008…. During her tenure in Utah, the organization’s ticket revenue grew by roughly a third. The symphony hired a new music director, and the entity invested more deeply in its operatic side. In one of its most significant endeavors, called the Mighty 5 tour, the orchestra performed four free outdoor concerts near the national parks in southern Utah’s red rock country.… Prior to working at US | UO, she moved through the ranks to become president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and served as education coordinator at the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Tourangeau will be the first female chief executive in PSO history.” Patricia A. Richards, former board chair of US | UO, will serve as interim CEO in Utah. Richards is chair of the League of American Orchestras’ board.
Posted May 5, 2015