Madison Symphony’s longtime executive director, Richard Mackie, announces July retirement

Posted on: April 1, 2021

“After 22 years of leading the administration of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, executive director Richard Mackie is set to retire this summer,” reports Juliana Tornabene in Monday’s (3/29) WMTV (Madison, WI). “ ‘As the end of the COVID crisis comes into focus, the Symphony is in excellent shape financially and artistically to resume its mission of great music for everyone,’ Mackie said in a statement. ‘This is a good time for me to wrap up some major projects and leave the organization well prepared for its future leadership.’ Mackie has guided the Symphony administration since early 1999…. He had previously led the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra…. Mackie … headed the transition from the Madison Civic Center into Overture Hall, as well as lead the planning of the Overture Concert Organ when the new hall opened in 2004…. ‘Rick’s longevity as Executive Director is exceptional,’ Symphony Board of Directors president Ellsworth Brown said. ‘His vision, commitment to and knowledge of the Greater Madison community, management skills and collaboration with Maestro John DeMain have brought the Madison Symphony Orchestra to the high level we now enjoy.’… Mackie’s retirement will start on July 1.”