The Phoenix Symphony has selected Suzanne Wilson as President and Chief Executive Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on January 21, 2020.
A performing arts industry veteran with a focus on education, leadership, and organizational growth, Ms. Wilson joins The Phoenix Symphony after more than seven years as Executive Director of the Midori Foundation in New York. In this role, she doubled the organization’s operational budget, improved the Charity Navigator rating from one to four stars, increased earned revenue by 50 percent, and added 46 new public school partnerships. She also raised more than $2 million in major gifts, tripled foundation support, and instituted MusicINC, a strategic initiative that formed 21 community networks to enable students to pursue music education through high school. Prior to her time with the Midori Foundation, Ms. Wilson served as Chief of Staff for the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, where she led fundraising efforts for the $85 million campus center, represented NEC on local and national boards, and orchestrated board recruitment for four new trustees and 17 new overseers. Ms. Wilson’s additional leadership roles include Director, Office of External Affairs & Partnerships for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation and Vice President, Education & Community Engagement for the Celebrity Series of Boston.
Ms. Wilson holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Kenyon College in Ohio and completed the Executive Education Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School.
In making the announcement, former Board Chair Dr. Oliver Harper said, “We are very pleased to welcome Suzanne to the Valley and to The Phoenix Symphony. She brings an extensive amount of experience in the performing arts to our organization but, just as importantly, she understands the importance of educating future generations of performers and patrons of the arts, something that is an integral part of our mission.”
“I am incredibly excited and proud to join an organization with the kind of impact and reputation The Phoenix Symphony enjoys,” said Ms. Wilson. “It is my honor to collaborate with [Music Director] Tito [Muñoz], the talented musicians, dedicated board of directors, committed staff, and the entire Valley community to advance this treasured musical institution. Together, The Phoenix Symphony will continue to create the highest quality music experiences, bolster economies, and educate the next generation of musicians and audiences.”
“Congratulations to Suzanne Wilson on her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer at The Phoenix Symphony,” said ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau. “We are confident that her extensive background in the performing arts—paired with the high importance she places on education, community development, and collaboration—will have positive impacts throughout the Phoenix area and beyond.”