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
  • Anne Parsons, President
    Emeritus ◊
  • Barbara Van Dusen
  • Clyde Wu, M.D. ◊

Chair Emeriti

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

Directors Emeriti

  • Floy Barthel
  • Chacona Baugh
  • Penny B. Blumenstein
  • Richard A. Brodie
  • Lois Cohn
  • Marianne Endicott
  • Sidney Forbes
  • Barbara Frankel ◊
  • Herman H. Frankel
  • Dr. Gloria Heppner
  • Ronald Horwitz
  • Bonnie Larson
  • Arthur C. Liebler
  • 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
  • Arthur A. Weiss

Officers of the Board of Directors

  • David T. Provost, Chair
  • Erik Rönmark, President & CEO
  • Faye Alexander Nelson, Vice Chair
  • Laura Trudeau, Treasurer
  • James G. Vella, Secretary
  • Ralph J. Gerson, Officer at Large
  • Glenda D. Price, Ph. D., Officer at Large
  • Shirley Stancato, 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.

  • David Assemany, Governing Members Chair
  • Michael Bickers
  • Amanda Blaikie, Orchestra Representative
  • Elena Centeio
  • Dave Everson, Orchestra Representative
  • Aaron Frankel
  • Herman B. Gray, M.D., M.B.A.
  • Laura Hernandez-Romine
  • Rev. Nicholas Hood III
  • Richard Huttenlocher
  • Renato Jamett, Trustee Chair
  • Daniel J. Kaufman
  • Michael J. Keegan
  • Xavier Mosquet
  • David Nicholson
  • Arthur T. O’Reilly
  • Stephen Polk
  • Bernard I. Robertson
  • Nancy Tellem
  • Laura J. Trudeau
  • David M. Wu, M.D.
  • Ellen Hill Zeringue

Board of Trustees

  • Renato Jamett, Trustee Chair
  • Ismael Ahmed
  • Richard Alonzo
  • Hadas Bernard
  • Janice Bernick
  • Elizabeth Boone
  • Gwen Bowlby
  • Marco Bruzzano
  • Dr. Betty Chu
  • Margaret Cooney Casey
  • Karen Cullen
  • Joanne Danto
  • Stephen D’Arcy
  • Maureen T. D’Avanzo
  • Jasmin DeForrest
  • Afa Sadykhly Dworkin
  • James C. Farber
  • Abe Feder, Musician Representative
  • Linda Forte
  • Carolynn Frankel
  • Maha Freij
  • Christa Funk
  • Robert Gillette
  • Jody Glancy
  • Mary Ann Gorlin
  • Donald Hiruo
  • Michelle Hodges
  • Julie Hollinshead
  • Sam Huszczo
  • John Jullens
  • Laurel Kalkanis
  • Jay Kapadia
  • David Karp
  • Joel D. Kellman
  • John Kim
  • Jennette Smith Kotila
  • Leonard LaRocca
  • William Lentine
  • Linda Dresner Levy
  • Florine Mark
  • Anthony McCree
  • Kristen McLennan
  • Tito Melega
  • Lydia Michael
  • H. Keith Mobley
  • Scott Monty
  • Shari Morgan
  • Sandy Morrison
  • Frederick J. Morsches
  • Jennifer Muse
  • Sean M. Neall
  • Eric Nemeth
  • Maury Okun
  • Jackie Paige
  • Vivian Pickard
  • Denise Fair Razo
  • Gerrit Reepmeyer
  • James Rose, Jr.
  • Laurie Rosen
  • Elana Rugh
  • Marc Schwartz
  • Carlo Serraiocco
  • Lois L. Shaevsky
  • Mary Shafer
  • Ralph Skiano, Musician Representative
  • Richard Sonenklar
  • Rob Tanner
  • Yoni Torgow
  • Gwen Weiner
  • Donnell White
  • Jennifer Whitteaker
  • R. Jamison Williams
  • Margaret E. Winters

 

Deceased

Updated as of January 20, 2023