San Jose Symphony Orchestra Appoints Classical Music Veteran Robert Massey as General Manager

Symphony San Jose today announced the appointment of Robert Massey as General Manager.

The San Jose Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, assisted by Arts Consulting Group, has selected Massey as the successor to symphony orchestra founder Andrew Bales pending his long-planned retirement.

Robert Massey, new general manager of Symphony San Jose.

Massey is a seasoned executive of classical music organizations, including as CEO of the Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and Washington Bach Consort. Most recently, he served as general manager of the Opera Festival of Chicago.

In addition to his work with symphony orchestras, Massey has served several artistic disciplines, including opera (Washington National Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), ballet (Ballet Quad Cities, Ballet Memphis), arts centers of the stage (Kennedy Center, Paramount Theatre, Germantown Performing Arts Center), museums (The Phillips Collection) and the US Marine Band.

“I am thrilled to be named general manager of Symphony San Jose,” Massey said in a statement. “This is an incredibly unique opportunity as the symphony celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It’s an honor to be part of such an esteemed group and I’m thrilled to work alongside the talented staff and artists to provide audiences with meaningful musical experiences.

During his 25-year career in arts administration, Massey commissioned more than 50 new compositions, choreographies and stage productions; supervised two performance hall construction projects; led three multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns; and co-founder of the Opera Festival of Chicago, the Iris Orchestra and the Opus Concert Café.

“We are thrilled to bring Robert into the Symphony San Jose family,” said Chairman of the Board Richard Conniff, retired CEO of Focus Business Bank. “Highly respected across the country with a rich history of musical expertise, he is the perfect leader to bring us together and strengthen our connection and impact in the community.”

Symphony San Jose concludes its 2021-22 season on June 4-5 with “Always Time for More Beethoven,” with conductor Tito Muñoz, music director of the Phoenix Symphony, leading the orchestra in a performance of the Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven. In addition, pianist Michelle Cann will perform the Piano Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price.

The home of Symphony San Jose, formerly Symphony Silicon Valley, is in the SoFA Arts District at the historic California Theater. Visit his website for more information. Look here for ticket information.

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