The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a leader in the world of classical music, embraces and inspires individuals, families and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.
President and CEO
Ms. Anne Parsons
Mr. Leonard Slatkin
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201 USA
Metro Detroit, Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, Orchestra, Symphony, LIve from Orchestra Hall
Symphony Orchestras (A69)
Performing Arts Centers (A61)
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Programs + Results
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Wu Family Academy
The vision of the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is to change lives by expanding the understanding of the arts, empowering everyone to have confidence in their creative decisions, and sparking a passion for music that will last a lifetime. We aim to change lives — whether as a hobby or a career — through life-long music making.
Through live and digital partnerships, hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, the Wu Family Academy will cultivate relationships that will change lives today, and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow.
Wu Family Academy programs include:
Civic Youth Ensembles—Since 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) have provided Michigan's musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE's two-fold mission is to cultivate every student's artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while continuing to develop meaningful skills outside of the arts. The CYE Faculty believes music can provide youth with the necessary tools to develop important life skills: critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork. They believe that students can discover success no matter what path in life they choose.
Educational Concert Series—For more than 80 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. Each concert within the series is thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch webcasts. ECS is made possible in part by the Penny and Harold Blumenstein Future Audiences Fund.
Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition—Educational Concert Series concerts by the DSO webcast for free to tens of thousands of students in classrooms throughout Detroit and around the world. Classroom Edition webcasts are supported by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Live from Orchestra Hall
In April 2011, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series at dso.org/live, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then Live from Orchestra Hall expanded to include mobile viewing; partnered with the world’s top classical streaming sites, including France-based Medici.tv, Russia-based Paraclassics.com, and UK-based ClassicalTV.com, and produced three symphonic-cycle albums: the nine Beethoven symphonies, six Tchaikovsky symphonies, and Brahms’s four symphonies. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition was created in 2014, which streams educational concerts directly to school classrooms. In 2015, the DSO introduced DSO Replay, a site for on-demand videos in the Live from Orchestra Hall series. Now watched in over 75 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund, made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and produced in collaboration with Detroit Public Television. Watch future free webcasts at dso.org/live.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series
The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series plays to sell-out audiences in seven metro Detroit performance residencies. Through the generous support of the William Davidson Foundation, the DSO presents this series of concerts throughout metro Detroit as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall. Since its inception in 2011, the series has grown from six venues to seven, stretching from Plymouth to Clinton Township and Southfield to West Bloomfield . In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in non-traditional settings for diverse audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, senior homes, hospitals, farmer’s markets, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Board of Directors
as of 1/30/2017
Mr. Mark A. Davidoff
Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP
Term: Dec 2015 -
Robert H. Bluestein
President, R.H. Bluestein & Co.
Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte, LLP
James C. Farber
Chairman, DSO Governing Members
President, Executive Strategies, Inc.
Phillip Wm. Fisher
Founder, Mission Throttle L3C
Ralph J. Gerson
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Guardian Industries
Herman B. Gray, M.D.
President and CEO, United Way
Rev. Nicholas Hood III
Senior Minister, Plymouth United Church of Christ
Michael J. Keegan
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Bonnie C. Larson
Philanthropist; Board of Directors, Detroit Institute of Arts; Board of Governors, Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Matthew B. Lester
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Princeton Enterprises, L.L.C.
Arthur C. Liebler
President, Liebler Group
Senior Partner & Automotive Practice Global Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Faye A. Nelson
Chairperson, DTE Energy Foundation
Arthur T. O'Reilly
Partner, Jones Day
Hon. Gerald Rosen
Chief Judge, Eastern District of Michigan States District Court
President & CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
President & CEO, Highgate LLC
Glenda D. Price, Ph.D.
Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Retired
Bernard I. Robertson
President, BIR1 LLC
Executive Director of Global Compensation & Benefits, General Motors
Dr. M. Roy Wilson
President, Wayne State University
Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder
Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Wayne State University Foundation, Retired
President, Arbor Investments Group, LLC
Principal Timpani, DSO
Oboe and English Horn, DSO
Volunteer Council President
Nancy M. Schlichting
Henry Ford Health System, Retired
Vice Chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment
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Board Leadership Practices
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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION
Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?