Emma Dunch to become Sydney Symphony’s executive director in January

Posted on: August 16, 2017

“It is nearly 20 years since Emma Dunch quit as a publicist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and moved to the U.S., where she carved out a successful career in arts management and fundraising,” writes Nick Galvin in Wednesday’s (8/16) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). “Throughout that time she treasured a small reminder of her time at the SSO—her old name badge…. She will get the chance to wear that badge again, this time as the new chief executive of the nation’s leading orchestra. Dunch will take on the top job on January 1, replacing Rory Jeffes, who left earlier this year…. Dunch’s connection with the SSO goes back 40 years to when she attended concerts as a schoolgirl.… A classically trained singer, Dunch has particularly made her mark in fundraising and philanthropy.” Dunch graduated from the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program in 2004, and worked with U.S. and international orchestras. In 2012, she served as the League’s chief fundraiser. “Dunch takes the reins of the symphony as it heads into a challenging period. Renovations to the Sydney Opera House will leave the orchestra ‘homeless’ for at least 18 months.… Dunch insists it will also be a time to ‘experiment and innovate.’ ”

Posted August 16, 2017

Emma Dunch photo by Richard Blinkoff