Veteran orchestra executive Paul Meecham appointed CEO of Tucson Symphony

Posted on: May 14, 2021

“Tucson Symphony Orchestra has hired a 30-year veteran of arts management as its new CEO,” writes Cathalena E. Burch in Thursday’s (5/13) Arizona Daily Star. “Paul Meecham comes to the job after leading the Utah Symphony & Opera for three years and a 10-year run as CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His résumé also includes two years at the Seattle Symphony. His first day on the job will be Monday, May 17. The orchestra has been run since October by members of the TSO Board of Directors…. Meecham said emerging from the pandemic will be the orchestra’s biggest challenge…. ‘If everything (health-wise) continues to move in the right direction, then gradually … we can put this all behind us,’ [said] Meecham, who was born in the UK and has been living in the United States for much of his professional career. Meecham comes to Tucson as the orchestra not only navigates a post-pandemic course but deals with years of staff instability…. ‘My goal is to add some stability …’ [Meecham said]. Meecham also shares TSO Music Director José Luis Gomez’s vision for the orchestra, that it be ‘very much a part of the community.’ ”