Peter H. Gistelinck Named New Executive Director of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Peter H. Gistelinck as its new Executive Director, effective May 19, 2014. Mr. Gistelinck was unanimously approved by the KSO Board following a six-month nationwide candidate search process led by Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Peter join us here in Kalamazoo," said Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board President Doug Phillips. "Peter brings the right mix of artistic and administrative experience, with a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. He'll be a wonderful addition to our community. We can't wait to see where he'll take the KSO!"
"I am absolutely honored to have been chosen as the next leader of the well renowned Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra," said Peter H. Gistelinck. "This orchestra, because of its diverse programming, great artistic leadership, nationally praised educational programs and great community impact, has it all to become one of the leading national orchestras. I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to take them there."
"I am excited to welcome Peter Gistelinck to the Kalamazoo Symphony family," said Raymond Harvey, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Music Director. "He comes to us with a wealth of experience in arts administration, a treasure chest of creative ideas, and a deep love of music. I know I will enjoy working closely with him to steer the KSO onward as we approach our 100th anniversary. This is a great time for music in Kalamazoo!"
Mr. Gistelinck will leave his current position serving as Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia where he has successfully led the orchestra's daily operations since 2006. His many successes included the hiring of current Music Director Dirk Brossé, partnerships with the prestigious Van Cliburn and Queen Elisabeth Music Competitions, and an agreement with Naxos making fifteen seasons of MP3s and HD video recordings of Chamber Orchestra concerts available for streaming and download - currently resulting in more than 76,000 'paid for' download and streaming activity annually out of 52 countries - which also led to a collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, allowing hospital patients to stream archived live concert recordings through the 'Get-Well-Network', an interactive patient education system available in their rooms.