Ryan Fleur, the President and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is leaving Memphis for an executive position with one of America's top five symphony orchestras. Fleur, who took over the helm of the MSO in 2003, has been named Executive Vice President of Orchestra Advancement with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Paul Bert, chair of the MSO Board of Directors says an interim President/CEO will be named in the next three weeks and that the MSO will launch a national search this Spring.
"I leave Memphis with many fond memories of this city and its people," Fleur wrote in a prepared statement.
"The MSO today is a strong organization - one of America's most innovative orchestras - that is committed to its art but also to performing and working at the very heart of the community. I wish the musicians, the staff and board, and all the people of Memphis the very best for what I consider a bright future indeed."