The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has selected Michael Reichman as Vice President of Artistic Operations and General Manager, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on January 9, 2023.
Reichman is an accomplished arts executive and conservatory-trained musician who has devoted his career to help sustain and strengthen the impact of orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, Reichman served as Executive Director for the York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) in York, Pennsylvania. With over seven years in the pivotal leadership position as the organization’s chief executive, he has fully supported strategic planning processes, overseen all aspects of artistic production, optimized recruitment practices, and secured strong relationships with the local communities. Throughout his tenure, Reichman has helped to increase symphony concerts by 40%, boost annual tickets sales by 50%, grow subscriptions by 36%, and expand schools served by 37%. Under his guidance, the YSO has not only been able to eliminate its $150,000 debt, but also has raised over $3.1 million and tripled the endowment fund. For his numerous accomplishments at the YSO, Reichman received the York County Community Foundation's Federal Fellowship, Cultural Alliance of York County's Creative Impact Award, Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, and an invitation to join Rolling Stone’s exclusive Culture Council.
Previously, Reichman served as Assistant Conductor and General Manager for Symphony Nova. He has also fulfilled the role of Artistic Director for the Sounding Board and Prism Co-Director for Jewish Arts Collaborative. Reichman served as General Manager and second flutist for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s transatlantic partnership with the Bayerische Philharmonie in Munich, Germany. He is the Board Vice President of the York Jewish Community Center and a Board Member for the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA.
In making the announcement, President and CEO David Fisk said, “Michael brings just the right set of skills, energy, and vision to this pivotal leadership position. I’m extremely happy with the innovative and high-performing management team we now have in place as we work together to lay the groundwork for the future of this Orchestra.”
CSO Board Chair Linda McFarland Farthing added, “Michael is a wonderful addition to the Charlotte Symphony’s Leadership Team. As a conservatory-trained musician, Michael has an extensive knowledge of orchestral music combined with years of demonstrated success as an arts executive. His passion for sharing music with his community fits beautifully with the Charlotte Symphony’s mission and core values.”
“I'm humbled to join the Charlotte Symphony as they stand at a pivotal inflection point with new executive leadership, musicians, and a soon-to-be Music Director,” said Reichman. “The orchestra and staff's heartwarming culture was evident from the moment I stepped on site and the organization's artistic potential is palpable. As a city, Charlotte is also so culturally vibrant and I'm excited to dive in headfirst and be part of the community!”
“Congratulations to the CSO on appointing Michael Reichman as Vice President of Artistic Operations and General Manager,” said ACG Vice President Renée Danger-James. “Michael is a collaborative and people-oriented leader whose guidance will propel the organization into the next phase of growth and success.”