The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's unique governance structure includes two boards with distinct yet critical purposes. As fiduciaries of the institution, each member of the Board of the Directors is fully engaged in the fiscal oversight, cultural stewardship, strategic thinking, and resource generation of the DSO. The Board of Directors maintains a culture of high engagement and accountability, overseeing all DSO financial activities and assuring that resources are aligned with mission.

The Board of Trustees infuses creativity and innovation into the DSO's offerings and outreach. Trustees engage in task forces and learning labs to develop increase the organization’s entrepreneurial capabilities while implementing and evaluating new approaches in areas including audience development, branding, digital media, education, and beyond.  

Lifetime Members

  • Samuel Frankel†
  • David Handleman, Sr.†
  • Dr. Arthur L. Johnson†
  • James B. Nicholson
  • Clyde Wu, M.D.†


† Deceased

Chairmen Emeriti

  • Robert S. Miller
  • Peter D. Cummings
  • James B. Nicholson
  • Stanley Frankel
  • Phillip Wm. Fisher

Directors Emeriti

  • Robert A. Allesee
  • Floy Barthel
  • Chacona Baugh
  • John A. Boll, Sr.
  • Richard A. Brodie
  • Lois and Avern Cohn
  • Marianne Endicott
  • Sidney Forbes
  • Mrs. Harold Frank
  • Barbara Frankel
  • Herman Frankel
  • Paul Ganson
  • Mort Harris
  • Gloria Heppner, Ph.D.
  • Ronald M. Horwitz
  • Harold Kulish
  • Bonnie Larson
  • David McCammon
  • David R. Nelson
  • Marilyn Pincus
  • Lloyd E. Reuss
  • Marjorie S. Saulson
  • Alan E. Schwartz
  • Jane Sherman
  • David Usher
  • Barbara Van Dusen
  • Arthur A. Weiss, Esq.

Officers of the Board of Directors

  • Mark A. Davidoff, Chairman
  • Glenda D. Price, Ph. D., Vice Chair
  • Anne Parsons, President & CEO
  • Faye Alexander Nelson, Treasurer
  • Arthur T. O’Reilly, Secretary
  • Ralph J. Gerson, Officer at Large
  • David Provost, Officer at Large
  • Nancy Schlichting, Officer at Large
  • Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder (Ret.), Officer at Large

Board of Directors

Directors are responsible for maintaining a culture of accountability, resource development and strategic thinking. As fiduciaries, Directors oversee the artistic and cultural health and strategic direction of the DSO.

  • Pamela Applebaum
  • David Assemany, Governing Members Chair
  • Marco Bruzzano
  • Richard L. DeVore
  • Samuel Fogleman
  • Aaron Frankel
  • Herman B. Gray, M.D.
  • Nicholas Hood, III
  • Daniel J. Kaufman
  • Michael J. Keegan
  • Arthur C. Liebler
  • Xavier Mosquet
  • Stephen Polk
  • Jay Ritchie, Orchestra Representative
  • Bernard I. Robertson
  • Camilo Serna
  • Sharon Sparrow, Orchestra Representative
  • Shirley Stancato
  • Arn Tellem
  • Nancy Tellem
  • Janice Uhlig
  • Jim Vella
  • M. Roy Wilson
  • David M. Wu, M.D.

Board of Trustees

Trustees are a diverse group of community leaders who infuse creative thinking and innovation into how the DSO strives to achieve both artistic vitality and organizational sustainability.

  • Richard Huttenlocher, Chair
  • Ismael Ahmed
  • Rosette Ajluni
  • Richard Alonzo
  • Hadas Bernard
  • Janice Bernick
  • Robert Bluestein
  • Suzanne Bluestein
  • Penny B. Blumenstein
  • Elizabeth Boone
  • Gwen Bowlby
  • Margaret Cooney Casey
  • Karen Cullen
  • Joanne Danto
  • Stephen R. D’Arcy
  • Maureen T. D’Avanzo
  • Afa Sadykhly Dworkin
  • Peter Falzon
  • James Farber
  • Carolynn Frankel
  • Christa Funk
  • Alan M. Gallatin
  • Robert Gillette
  • Jody Glancy
  • Malik Goodwin
  • Mary Ann Gorlin
  • Laura Grannemann
  • Laura Hernandez-Romine
  • Donald Hiruo
  • Michele Hodges
  • Julie Hollinshead
  • Renato Jamett
  • Joseph Jonna
  • John Jullens
  • David Karp
  • Joel D. Kellman
  • Jennette Smith Kotila
  • William Lentine
  • James P. Lentini, D.M.A.
  • Linda Dresner Levy
  • Florine Mark
  • Tonya Matthews, Ph.D.
  • Anthony McCree
  • Anitha Mercy
  • Lydia Michael, NextGen Chair
  • Lois A. Miller
  • Daniel Millward
  • Scott Monty
  • Shari Morgan
  • Sandy Morrison
  • Frederick J. Morsches
  • Sean M. Neall
  • Eric Nemeth
  • Maury Okun
  • Vivian Pickard
  • William F. Pickard, Ph.D.
  • Gerrit Reepmeyer
  • Richard Robinson
  • James Rose, Jr.
  • Marc Schwartz
  • Lois L. Shaevsky
  • Mary Shafer
  • Cathryn M. Skedel, Ph.D.
  • Ralph Skiano, Orchestra Representative
  • Richard Sonenklar
  • Mark Tapper
  • Yoni Torgow
  • Laura J. Trudeau
  • Gwen Weiner
  • Jennifer Whitteaker
  • Donnell White
  • R. Jamison Williams
  • Margaret E. Winters
  • Johanna Yarbrough, Orchestra Representative
  • Ellen Hill Zeringue