Bangor Symphony names new executive director

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The Bangor Symphony Orchestra on Thursday announced the appointment of a new executive director. Brian Hinrichs will move to Bangor from Madison, WI to take up the position vacated in October 2012 by David Whitehill.

Hinrichs is completing his MBA at the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, UW-Madison, where he has recently held graduate positions with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Quartet. Prior to pursuing his MBA, Hinrichs spent three seasons working for Madison Opera, first as the manager of communications and community outreach and later as the director of marketing. Before his work in Madison, Hinrichs was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to research the emerging Western classical music scene in Thailand, and his article on orchestra life in Bangkok appeared in “Symphony” magazine.

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of executive director at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and look forward to building on the great work of former ED David Whitehill,” said Hinrichs, in a press released issued Thursday. “With Maestro [Lucas] Richman, the musicians, board, and staff, I hope to continue the organization along a path of financial and artistic excellence while finding new and creative ways to engage the greater Bangor community.”

BSO board president Joyce Clark-Sarnacki welcomed the speedy appointment of Hinrichs, just four months after Whitehill resigned, and said she is looking forward to working with Hinrichs.

“Brian comes to us with experience and accomplishments beyond his years, while still looking at the position with fresh perspective,” said Joyce Clark-Sarnacki, the president of the Bangor Symphony’s board of directors. “We’re genuinely excited about his energy, knowledge, and passion and feel certain we have found a perfect fit, both for the BSO and the community.”

The seven-member search committee was comprised of a BSO musician and several Board members, with input from music director and conductor Lucas Richman and director of development Sarah S. P. McCarthy.

“I am thrilled that Brian will be joining us at a time when the orchestra has many wonderful concerts and projects looming on the horizon,” said Richman. “Brian’s depth of understanding in this world of symphony orchestras will be of great value to the organization as we plan for the future.”

The BSO’s Masterworks season continues on March 3, with a 3 p.m. concert featuring “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO) will perform before this concert at 2 p.m.. The season will close with “Dvorak’s Stabat Mater,” on April 14. The Bangor Symphony’s annual pops program will feature Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra” at 8 p.m. on March 23, co-presented with the Collins Center for the Arts.

The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras’ (BSYO) spring concert, which is free and open to the public, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Good Shepherd Food-Bank. Tickets to Bangor Symphony Orchestra performances are available by calling the Collins Center of the Arts box office at 207-581-1755 or 1-800-622-TIXX or online at For more information about the season and the BSO, go to

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine.