KC Symphony Names New Executive Director KC Symphony Names New Executive Director
Pictured: Daniel E. Beckley. Photo: Randall Baughn. Kansas City Symphony Board Chair William M. Lyons announced today the Symphony Board has selected Daniel E.... KC Symphony Names New Executive Director

Pictured: Daniel E. Beckley. Photo: Randall Baughn.

Kansas City Symphony Board Chair William M. Lyons announced today the Symphony Board has selected Daniel E. Beckley as the company’s next Executive Director, succeeding Frank Byrne, who will complete his nearly 19-year tenure in July.

“We are thrilled Danny Beckley will become the Symphony’s next Executive Director,” Lyons said. “Frank Byrne has filled this important position with such deep commitment and extraordinary skill for nearly two decades; he set the bar very high. I am confident Danny will bring the same energy and dedication to the role, continuing our strong track record of artistic achievement, fiscal discipline and community involvement. Danny’s experience as both a musician and a senior orchestra administrator position him well for great success.”

Since 2013, Beckley has served as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that time, he was Executive Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. He has also served as a public school orchestra director, and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and a master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University.

“I am honored and humbled to take the helm from Frank Byrne, and to work alongside [Music Director] Michael Stern, the Board, the staff and musicians of this outstanding organization, to continue deepening Kansas City’s relationship with symphonic music,” Beckley said.

Beckley will be responsible for the orchestra’s $19.8 million budget, along with all aspects of administration and management, including operations, finance, marketing and fundraising. He will lead a staff of 35 full-time professionals and work with the orchestra’s 80 full-time musicians to present nearly 200 performances annually.

“I am delighted to welcome Danny Beckley to Kansas City,” Stern said. “And I am inspired by what we will achieve together as we look ahead to the next chapter in our Kansas City Symphony story. Given the deep and meaningful alliance I have had with Frank Byrne since my first year in Kansas City, I was hopeful we could find someone to take the mantle and forge ahead with the kind of projects and possibilities that have led to our success over the last 15 years. We found that person in Danny. His focus and capacity for strategic thinking is evident, and I know he will continue to nurture the culture of the entire Kansas City Symphony organization, which is so important to all of us. I am energized by his hopeful enthusiasm, and his passion for music is impressive. On top of the strong financial and administrative foundation we have worked so hard to accomplish, I am inspired by the artistic heights our partnership will strive toward, and I am confident great things are ahead.”

Beckly and Byrne will work together for a transition period from May-July.

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