President & CEO
Rochester Symphony is pleased to announce that Amy Lindstrom will become our new President & CEO on July 1, 2020 when she takes over from Jere Lantz, who is currently serving in that role.
During this time of rapidly changing community health requirements that affect every aspect of our operations and mission, we are thrilled that Ms. Lindstrom will be leading the administrative side of the organization, while working closely with Maestro Lantz, who will continue as our Artistic Director. Ms. Lindstrom possesses the background, experience and expertise needed to usher Rochester Symphony into its second century on a strong foundation.
Amy Lindstrom, current Director of Operations & Education and Principal Violin 2 musician at Rochester Symphony. Ms. Lindstrom will become President & CEO of Rochester Symphony on July 1, 2020.
Dear Friends and Patrons,
While I am moving into a new role as President & CEO, I am certainly not a new face to Rochester Symphony! In fact, I began my association with this organization more than twenty years ago fresh out of college. I graduated with a degree in music in May of 1999, moved back home to Rochester, auditioned for a position as a violinist with Rochester Symphony, and performed with the orchestra for the first time – all within about two weeks. That Fall I added orchestra librarian to my involvement, and then two years later I joined the administrative staff. I am currently serving Rochester Symphony as Director of Operations & Education, and on July 1st, will become President & CEO.
Because of my dual role with the organization – musician and administrative – I have had the privilege of working directly with our wonderful musicians. I’ve worked alongside volunteers, committee and board members, and have also gotten to know many audience members and supporters on a personal level. Hours spent in rehearsal have been experienced alongside conversations in the office with people purchasing tickets or generously donating. I am pleased to say that I have been in a position to see first-hand the dedication and passion that so many on all sides of the organization have for Rochester Symphony.
Many people are aware of my focus on music as it plays such a central role in my life, but another aspect of my background that is lesser-known is that I had a second major in college: American Studies. As we have just finished celebrating the first 100 years of Rochester Symphony, I’m finding those two interests intersecting more than ever before. I’ve been thinking a lot about the environment in which the organization was founded. Rochester Symphony was established in 1919, the year of a global flu pandemic. And here we are now in the midst of another global pandemic as we begin our 2nd century.
The coming months will no doubt look quite different compared to “business as usual.” It’s unlikely that we will get to experience the energy of full orchestra and chorale – all 160 musicians that make up Rochester Symphony – on stage together performing for a live audience in the immediate future. I wish that we could launch the next 100 years in that way! But we know that music is important now. Perhaps now more than ever. So we are not going to stop creating music even if the process has to look different.
With that in mind, I invite you to support Rochester Symphony during our MUSIC ALWAYS campaign — to help us continue to bring music to our community in new ways, and keep us financially sound until we can bring music to life in the concert hall together again.
I am so appreciative of all who are continuing to support Rochester Symphony, and look forward to leading this remarkable organization as President & CEO as we move into this new era.