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Symphony names new executive director

The Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra board of directors announced last week that Andrew Berryhill of Chicago has been hired as the DSSO's new executive director.

The Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra board of directors announced last week that Andrew Berryhill of Chicago has been hired as the DSSO's new executive director.
Berryhill, with more than a decade of artistic management experience, will begin his new role May 13.
"I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, Music Director Markand Thakar, the musicians and the community at large to help lead the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra to new heights and new adventures as it enters its 71st season," Berryhill said. "Not just the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, but also the youth orchestras all have an important part to play in enriching life in the Twin Ports. I am excited to be a part in helping guide this special institution to new levels of greatness."
Jon Staudohar, chair of the search committee, said: "We are very excited to have Andrew join our organization. His background with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is impressive and will help us fulfill the vision of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Association."
Berryhill's professional experience includes key positions at both the Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Most recently the assistant director of programming for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berryhill helped develop and maintained a multi-million dollar program that brought in more than 50 artists a year, including such acclaimed performers such as Yo-Yo Ma and Zubin Mehta.
He cultivated corporate and individual giving in support of the orchestra's programming and created outreach programs that collaborated with more than 30 Chicago-area institutions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Other notable professional experience includes two years as operations manager with an important New York arts management firm. Prior to that, Berryhill spent three years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.
Berryhill and his wife Melinda Appold, a prominent Chicago landscape architect, have purchased a home in Duluth and are expecting their first child in September. They are eagerly anticipating becoming active participants in all aspects of the Duluth-Superior area.

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