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 Directors

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


Deceased

Chairmen Emeriti

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

Directors Emeriti

  • Floy Barthel
  • Chacona Baugh
  • Penny B. Blumenstein
  • John A. Boll, Sr.
  • Richard A. Brodie
  • Lois and Hon. Avern Cohn
  • Marianne Endicott
  • Sidney Forbes
  • Ruth Frank
  • Barbara Frankel
  • Herman H. Frankel
  • Morton E. Harris
  • Dr. Gloria Heppner
  • Ronald Horwitz
  • Bonnie Larson
  • Harold Kulish
  • David McCammon
  • David R. Nelson
  • William F. Pickard, Ph.D.
  • Marilyn Pincus
  • Lloyd E. Reuss
  • Marjorie S. Saulson
  • Alan E. Schwartz
  • Jane Sherman
  • David Usher
  • Barbara Van Dusen
  • Arthur A. Weiss

Officers of the Board of Directors

  • Mark A. Davidoff, Chairman
  • Nancy Schlichting, Vice Chair
  • Anne Parsons, President & CEO
  • David T. Provost, Treasurer
  • Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder (Ret.), Secretary
  • Ralph J. Gerson, Officer at Large
  • Faye Alexander Nelson, Officer at Large
  • Arthur T. O’Reilly, Officer at Large
  • Glenda D. Price, Ph. D., 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
  • Richard L. DeVore
  • Samuel Fogleman
  • Aaron Frankel
  • Herman B. Gray, M.D., MBA
  • Rev. Nicholas Hood III
  • Richard Huttenlocher
  • Renato Jamett, Trustee Chair
  • Daniel J. Kaufman
  • Michael J. Keegan
  • Arthur C. Liebler
  • Xavier Mosquet
  • Stephen R. Polk
  • Jay Ritchie, Orchestra Representative
  • Bernard I. Robertson
  • Camilo Serna
  • Shirley Stancato
  • Nancy Tellem
  • Janice Uhlig
  • James G. Vella
  • Dr. M. Roy Wilson
  • David M. Wu, M.D.
  • Johanna Yarbrough, Orchestra Representative

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.

  • Renato Jamett, Trustee Chair
  • Ismael Ahmed
  • Richard Alonzo
  • Hadas Bernard
  • Janice Bernick
  • Elizabeth Boone
  • Gwen Bowlby
  • Marco Bruzzano
  • Margaret Cooney Casey
  • Karen Cullen
  • Joanne Danto
  • Stephen R. D’Arcy
  • Maureen T. D’Avanzo
  • Jasmin DeForrest
  • Afa Sadykhly Dworkin
  • Peter Falzon
  • James C. Farber
  • Carolynn Frankel
  • Christa Funk
  • Robert Gillette
  • Jody Glancy
  • Malik Goodwin
  • Mary Ann Gorlin
  • Laura Hernandez-Romine
  • Donald Hiruo
  • Michelle Hodges
  • Julie Hollinshead
  • John Jullens
  • David Karp
  • Joel D. Kellman
  • Jennette Smith Kotila
  • William Lentine
  • Linda Dresner Levy
  • Florine Mark
  • Tonya Matthews, Ph.D.
  • Anthony McCree
  • Kristen McLennan
  • Anitha Mercy
  • Lydia Michael
  • Lois A. Miller
  • Daniel Millward
  • H. Keith Mobley
  • Scott Monty
  • Shari Morgan
  • Sandy Morrison
  • Frederick J. Morsches
  • Jennifer Muse, NextGen Chair
  • Nicholas Myers, Musician Representative
  • Sean M. Neall
  • Eric Nemeth
  • Maury Okun
  • Vivian Pickard
  • Gerrit Reepmeyer
  • Richard Robinson
  • James Rose, Jr.
  • Laurie Rosen
  • Elana Rugh
  • Marc Schwartz
  • Carlo Serraiocco
  • Lois L. Shaevsky
  • Mary Shafer
  • Cathryn M. Skedel, Ph.D.
  • Richard Sonenklar
  • Scott Strong, Musician Representative
  • Rob Tanner
  • Yoni Torgow
  • Laura J. Trudeau
  • Gwen Weiner
  • Donnell White
  • Jennifer Whitteaker
  • R. Jamison Williams
  • Margaret E. Winters
  • Ellen Hill Zeringue

 

 

Updated as of December 10, 2020