Brevard Symphony Orchestra Welcomes New Executive Director David Schillhammer

By  //  December 19, 2018

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Schillhammer replaces Fran Delisle, who is retiring this season after 25 years in that role

David Schillhammer has been introduced as the new executive director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Schillhammer replaces Fran Delisle, who is retiring this season after 25 years in that role. Schillhammer, a veteran orchestra administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, begins in mid-January 2019.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – David Schillhammer has been introduced as the new executive director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Schillhammer replaces Fran Delisle, who is retiring this season after 25 years in that role. Schillhammer, a veteran orchestra administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, begins in mid-January 2019.

Schillhammer was hired at the conclusion of a national search by an Executive Director Search Committee appointed by BSO Chairperson Charlie Nash and the BSO Board’s Executive Committee.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next executive director of the BSO, celebrating a milestone season with its 65th anniversary,” said Schillhammer.

“I have known and followed the success of the orchestra over many years, and am now thrilled to join the team and plot its next chapter, in collaboration with the musicians, board, staff, volunteers, patrons and of course, Music Director Christopher Confessore.

“I have worked with Maestro Confessore for many years and he is an immense artistic talent, programmer, conductor and ambassador for the Brevard Symphony. And I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Fran Delisle, who has steadfastly and with great heart, lead this orchestra for 25 years. Bravo Fran!”

Prior to joining the Brevard Symphony, Schillhammer was executive director of Enzian Theater in Maitland.

He also served as executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic for 16 years and held the same position with the San Antonio Symphony. During his time with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Schillhammer was its operations and education manager before being promoted to general manager.

Christopher Confessore serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. (BSO image)

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“I am a great believer in the value of experience and expertise,” said Confessore.

“David’s decades of experience as an Orchestra Executive Director, along with his infectious enthusiasm and ability to motivate and inspire people, made him the obvious and unanimous choice to become our next Executive Director. I look forward to working with David and our musicians, board, volunteers, and staff to extend the reach of our organization throughout our community.”

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs in the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. The orchestra features an average of 65 paid musicians. The administrative staff is currently headquartered at the historic Winchester Symphony House in Melbourne.

“Our BSO has received so many blessings, which include the wonderful services rendered by our retiring Executive Director, Fran Delisle, and the beginning of the tenure of our incoming Executive Director, David Schillhammer,” said BSO Board Chair Charlie Nash.

Schillhammer received his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. His first job was production manager for the Rochester Philharmonic. He is a native of Burlington, Vermont.

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