Obituary: Susan Loris, longtime Milwaukee Symphony executive, 52

Posted on: January 10, 2022

“Well-known Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra executive Susan Loris passed away Friday night from an apparent heart attack,” writes Mark Kass in Sunday’s (1/9) Milwaukee Business Journal. “In recent weeks, the 52-year-old Loris, the MSO’s executive vice president of institutional advancement, had been the acting president and executive director as MSO president and executive director Mark Niehaus was on a medical leave of absence after suffering a mild stroke in November. An MSO spokesperson said Niehaus is expected back at work in the near future and MSO board chair Susan Martin will continue to be involved with day-to-day operations…. Loris played a vital role in the efforts to acquire and renovate the historic Warner Grand Theatre in downtown Milwaukee into the symphony’s new performance center…. A New Berlin native and a classical pianist, Loris majored in government and music at Lawrence University in Appleton…. After teaching piano at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, she shifted into marketing and public relations with the Florentine Opera and then the Milwaukee Ballet.  She joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as director of public affairs and was quickly promoted to vice president of marketing and communications. In 2016, she was appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president of institutional advancement…. A memorial service will be held in the coming months.”