Veteran orchestra executive Alan Jordan has been named executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, beginning in September. Jordan’s most recent position was as executive director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, where he served for more than 16 years. He served in similar capacities at the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra (1992-1999) and the Brevard (Florida) Symphony Orchestra (1987-1992).
Jordan’s appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search led by orchestra consultant David Hyslop of Minneapolis. “Our board is delighted to welcome an executive director with the competence, experience, and passion of Alan Jordan,” says DSO board president Charles W. Babcock. “With his leadership, we have great hopes and plans for our professional musicians, for our audiences, and for the cultural life of the state of Delaware.”
Jordan says he is thrilled to join the DSO. “The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has such a great reputation and history. I look forward to working with David Amado, the staff, musicians, board and volunteers to fulfill the potential the DSO has for the people of Delaware.” Jordan graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music as a vocal performance major in 1983.
During his years as a student and following graduation, he served as assistant stage manager and later stage manager for the Tanglewood Music Center, as manager of Jordan Hall and as instrument librarian at the New England Conservatory. From 2001 to 2003, Jordan served on the board of the League of American Orchestras. He currently serves on the league’s communications advisory group and on the New Music For America steering committee.
Previously, he has served on the League’s Public Value, Collaborative Data Project, and BMI Negotiations task forces, the Ford Made in America I and II steering committees, and on the Henry Fogel Consortium Commission steering committee. He is the immediate past chair of the New England Orchestra Consortium, and was previously that organization’s treasurer. Jordan’s tenure coincides with the launch of the DSO’s 2015-16 season, The Season of the Bells, which includes its Classics Concert Series of five programs and a Chamber Concert Series of four programs, as well as the Explorer Experience concerts for children.
The season will be conducted by Maestro David Amado, who is beginning his 13th year as music director of the DSO. Leading off the season will be a Sept. 11 memorial concert featuring the Mozart Requiem, in collaboration with Mastersingers of Wilmington. Other season highlights range from Berlioz to Shostakovich. Soloists include pianist Stewart Goodyear, violinist Bella Hristova, the Brasil Guitar Duo, and DSO principal tuba player Brian Brown.