September 8, 2015 (Boston) — The Handel and Haydn Society Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Snead as President and CEO beginning October 13, 2015. He assumes leadership of the organization as it continues to celebrate its 200th anniversary with its 2015-2016 Bicentennial Season. Snead succeeds Marie-Hélène Bernard who served as Executive Director and CEO for eight years before being appointed President and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony on July 1, 2015.
Snead is currently Vice President of Marketing, Brand and Customer Experience at the New York Philharmonic, where he has served since 2001. Previously, he led the marketing programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Symphony, and Hartford Symphony. He has also served as Associate Marketing Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, General Manager of the Richmond Symphony, and Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Snead is on the faculty of the League of American Orchestras’ Patron Model seminars and Roosevelt University’s graduate program in arts management, and is a regular lecturer at New York University and Drexel. A noted expert on the relationship between orchestras and their audiences, he has been a featured speaker at national conferences in the United States, England, France, Finland, the Netherlands, and Australia.
Nicholas Gleysteen, Chairman of the Handel and Haydn Society Board of Governors, said, “David Snead brings a wealth of expertise and innovative ideas to the Handel and Haydn Society. He is a capable and proven leader with a keen financial acumen, a patron-focused approach to communication, and strong management skills. I am confident he will be welcomed to Boston. As we look beyond our Bicentennial, I look forward to working with David to further the growth and strategic direction of our wonderful organization.”
“I am very pleased with the appointment of David Snead,” said Handel and Haydn Society Artistic Director Harry Christophers. “David will be a crucial partner in our continued artistic success with Handel and Haydn. 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. I am greatly looking forward to working with him and forging an exciting and fruitful partnership.”
Snead said, “I am thrilled to join the Handel and Haydn Society during the major cultural milestone of its Bicentennial. It’s an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead such a storied musical institution. In July I heard H+H’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Copley Square and I was struck by the passion and energy of the performance and how it extended beyond the Square, stopping passersby in their tracks. From that performance it was clear to me that H+H is more than just a great period instrument orchestra and chorus—it’s a great orchestra and chorus, period. Somewhere, Beethoven was smiling, and I was in love with H+H.
“With Harry Christophers at the helm, a roster of amazing musicians, a staff and board whose commitment is profound, and a loyal audience, the organization is well positioned for the future. 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.”
The selection of Snead to this post was made by a Search Committee and Advisory Group chaired by W. Carl Kester, Board of Governors First Vice Chair. Members included Handel and Haydn Society Governors, Artistic Director Harry Christophers, H+H musicians, and a member of H+H’s senior staff. Korn Ferry was the executive search firm serving the Search Committee on this appointment.
About David Snead
David Snead is Vice President of Marketing, Brand and Customer Experience for the New York Philharmonic. Prior to arriving at the Philharmonic in 2001, David led the marketing programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Symphony and Hartford Symphony; he has also served as Associate Marketing Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, General Manager of the Richmond Symphony, and Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.
Snead has served as a faculty member for the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management, and was the lead faculty member for its Introduction to Orchestra Marketing seminars. He co-taught the League’s Executive Leadership Program for Marketing and Development Professionals, as well as its Patron Growth seminars.
He is a regular lecturer at New York University and Drexel University, and has taught at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and St. Olaf College. He has presented at conferences of the Association of British Orchestras; the Association of French Orchestras; the Association of Nordic Orchestras; the Association of Dutch Orchestras, Theaters and Dance Companies; Opera America; the Australian Council for the Arts; the League of American Orchestras; and at the National Arts Marketing Conference.
He is the author of “Subscribe Now: 30 Years Later,” which appeared in Symphony Magazine, Arts Reach, and American Theater.