Handel & Haydn announces new CEO

September 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

David Snead. Photo: Chris Lee

David Snead. Photo: Chris Lee

New seasons often bring new leadership, and the Handel and Haydn Society will have a new person at the helm of its organization beginning this fall.

David Snead has been chosen by the Handel and Haydn Society Board of Governors to head the organization as president and CEO effective October 13.

Snead, who will replace outgoing H&H President Marie-Hélène Bernard, is currently vice president of marketing at the New York Philharmonic, an organization he has worked at since 2001. He previously directed the marketing programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and the Guthrie Theater, and has worked as associate marketing director of the Minnesota Orchestra, general manager of the Richmond Symphony, and executive director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.

“I am thrilled to join the Handel and Haydn Society during the major cultural milestone of its Bicentennial,” Snead said in a statement released by H&H. “It’s an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead such a storied musical institution.”

“With Harry Christophers at the helm, a roster of amazing musicians, a staff and board whose commitment is profound, and loyal audience, the organization is well positioned for the future,” Snead added. “I can’t wait to partner with Harry, the musicians, the Board, and the staff to make H&H matter to even more people as it enters its third century of music making.”

“David will be a crucial partner in our continued artistic success with Handel and Haydn,” said artistic director Harry Christophers in a statement. “He is highly experienced and combines a deep musical background with a remarkable knowledge of the world of classical music, alongside a willingness to work together to achieve our artistic and audience development goals.”

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