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Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra announces leadership changes

OTTAWA, June 29, 2017 –  The Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra today announced the appointment of Robert Peck as President of the organization for the 2017/18 period. Mr. Peck has served as Vice-President of the Ottawa Symphony since 2016. He is a career diplomat with extensive experience in cultural diplomacy, and a former Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

Mr. Peck succeeds former diplomat, George Haynal, who will remain actively involved with the Ottawa Symphony as past-President, and as a member of the Ottawa Symphony Executive Committee. The Board expressed its deep appreciation for Mr. Haynal’s exemplary leadership and commitment, noting recent success in broadening local support for, in his words, “the orchestra for Ottawa communities,” and to enhance its financial sustainability.

OSO board member Bernard Etzinger succeeds Peck as the Ottawa Symphony’s Vice-President. Mr. Etzinger is Chief Communications and Outreach Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. Kate Holmes has joined the Ottawa Symphony front office as General Manager. Ms. Holmes, a former Ottawa Symphony board member, is a successful marketing executive. Angela Schleihauf continues in her key role of Patron Services and Communications Officer, as does Alexandre Lemours responsible for subscriptions and in his role as part-time Box Office and Database Administrator.

The Board also reported that attendance at the Ottawa Symphony’s last season was the best in many years and congratulated Ottawa Symphony Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor, Alain Trudel, whose recent appointment as Music Director of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, beginning in 2018, complements his tenure at the Ottawa Symphony. As part of ongoing efforts to deepen its roots in the Ottawa community, Maestro Trudel has planned a five-concert 2017/18 season, with concerts at both the National Arts Centre and the Shenkman Arts Centre. Details will be announced shortly.

Jaime Douglas