Detroit Symphony names Erik Ronmark president, replacing Anne Parsons, who will retire in 2022

Posted on: December 9, 2021

Erik Ronmark, who will become president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2022.

“Erik Ronmark, a longtime fixture in the ranks at Orchestra Hall, has been named president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” writes Brian McCollum in Wednesday’s (12/8) Detroit Free Press. “Ronmark, now the DSO’s vice president and general manager, will replace Anne Parsons, the long-serving president who in April announced her pending retirement. Ronmark will take over the role March 7, with Parsons remaining aboard as president emeritus through November.… The 44-year-old … played a crucial role in the 2020 hiring of music director Jader Bignamini…. Ronmark has worked closely with the widely respected Parsons, helping spearhead digital initiatives … along with diversity efforts both musical and institutional…. Growing up in Sundsvall, Sweden … he listened to DSO recordings, including those helmed by fellow countryman Sixten Ehrling, the DSO’s principal conductor in the ’60s and early ’70s…. ‘It’s been interesting to work my way up in the organization. It’s given me a unique perspective on … not just what musicians do up onstage day in and day out, but also the amazing staff working behind the scenes, and all the work we do in the community. When you see that, it’s hard not to fall in love and want to lead it.’ ”