Paul Helfrich to depart Dayton Performing Arts Alliance to head Orlando Philharmonic

Posted on: December 18, 2019

“Paul Helfrich, president and CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, announced his resignation effective February 2020,” writes Elizabeth Kyle in Wednesday’s (12/218) Dayton Business Journal (OH). “He will be taking on his next role in Florida, becoming the executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in mid-February. Helfrich joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, serving as president of the organization. He became the president and CEO four years later, when the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance formed its merger to include the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera…. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance merger was the first of its kind in the nation [combining] a professional dance company, opera company and philharmonic orchestra as one operating entity…. As president and CEO, he led the organization to have a new, blended organizational culture. The organization is one of only five institutions to receive the ‘Music Alive’ grant in 2014 from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras…. The board will immediately begin a national search to identify Helfrich’s successor. The group is the second-largest performing arts organization in the Dayton region with an annual budget of $8 million and 27 full-time employees.”