New executive director at Pennsylvania’s Johnstown Symphony

Posted on: January 9, 2017

“A recently retired Johnstown attorney has been selected as the new executive director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra,” reports Jocelyn Brumbaugh in Sunday’s (1/8) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “The orchestra’s board of trustees announced that Mike Walther will join Maestro James Blachly, who was recently named music director of the orchestra, to lead the group that is now halfway through its 87th performance season. John Coyle, president of the orchestra’s board of trustees, called Walther ‘exactly the kind of dynamic leader we had been hoping to find. His creative energy, business acumen and financial management experience will be a perfect complement to the artistic vision of our new music director, Maestro James Blachly,’ Coyle said in a press release. Walther served as the director of the Johnstown-based National Drug Intelligence Center from 2007 until its closure in 2012. Since his retirement from the Department of Justice, Walther has operated a legal practice with offices in Johnstown and New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s also a recently-retired United States Army Reserve military judge.… The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra has provided live performances featuring local, regional and international artists since 2009.”

Posted January 9, 2017