Hartford Symphony names Stephen Collins executive director, modifies Bushnell’s management contract

Posted on: March 25, 2016

“The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s board this week approved the naming of a new executive director, modifying a relationship in which the chief executive officer of The Bushnell served in that position,” writes Nicholas Rondinone in Thursday’s (3/24) Courant (Hartford, CT). “Stephen Collins, the orchestra’s director of artistic operations and administration since 2014, will step into the role.” He replaces David Fay, president and CEO of The Bushnell, a performing arts center in Hartford that presents and produces Broadway musicals, pops acts, and community events. “Fay, who remains in his position at The Bushnell, was named executive director [of the orchestra] in 2014 as part of a two-year ‘strategic collaboration.’ … Through that management services contract, The Bushnell would provide the orchestra with administrative, marketing, box office, technical, clerical, programming and accounting support, but the two organizations would remain independent nonprofit groups with separate boards.… Amanda Savio, a spokeswoman for the orchestra, said it was always the intention for management to return to the orchestra. The new service contract goes into effect the beginning of next month.… Bushnell management will still be available to advise [orchestra] management on finance, marketing, community engagement and other services.” The orchestra recently negotiated a four-year contract with its musicians, as well as a six-year contract extension for Music Director Carolyn Kuan.

Posted March 25, 2016