Fort Worth Symphony Names Interim President

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) has named an interim president, about a month after former president Amy Adkins announced her resignation. 

David Hyslop will assume the position starting July 24, the symphony announced Friday. He will remain in the role until a permanent president is hired, which, according to the symphony, should happen in less than a year. 

Hyslop has about 50 years of experience in arts management, having served as CEO for the Oregon Symphony (1971-1978), St. Louis Symphony (1978-1991) and Minnesota Orchestra (1991-2003). After retiring from the Minnesota Orchestra, he continued to work as a consultant for various arts groups in the U.S. He also served as interim CEO of the Louisville Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Summer Musicals.

“We are very fortunate that someone with David’s level of experience in orchestra management is available to assist the FWSO during this transition period,” Mercedes T. Bass, chairman of the board at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, said in a statement. “Several members of the Board of Directors and the senior management team had an opportunity to meet with David last week, and we are confident that his tremendous expertise and knowledge, combined with his ability to build bridges, will be of great help to the Orchestra.”

Adkins, who was president during the symphony's three-month strike last year, has since accepted a position as president of the All Saints Health Foundation. Hyslop said he is honored to fill the position until a permanent president is found. 

“My main goal will be to help all facets of the organization, after this most recent difficult period, to work together going forward with its mission to provide great music for the community it serves," Hyslop said in a statement.