Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Executive Director

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey has been appointed as the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) new Executive Director, taking over from Linda Jones who retires after 14 years in the role.  Harvey started his new role on June 1st, joining the SSO team which includes David Hagy (Music Director), Dr. Lynn Bowes (Education Director), Ms. Jordan Warren (Assistant to the Executive Director), and Mr. Hunter Safrit (Administrative Assistant).

Harvey, a Rowan County native, has spent his entire academic and professional career involved in the performing arts.  He lived in London for over 10 years during which time he was responsible for public relations and marketing campaigns for high-profile artists, entertainment organizations and numerous West End musicals.  He also served as Managing Director of Yale Opera at Yale University and as Production Coordinator for Central City Opera, a summer opera festival in Colorado.

Harvey holds a High School Diploma and Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Master of Philosophy degree in Arts, Culture and Education from the University of Cambridge, where his research thesis focused on the popularization of classical music.

On the appointment of Harvey, Music Director David Hagy says, “I’ve known Dane since he was a teenager performing with the Piedmont Players.  The thing I remember most about him was his passion for music and theatre.  Although he is a bit older than when we first knew each other, his passion is undiminished.  In fact I’d say he’s more energized about music, specifically wanting to engage the broadest possible audience with this art form.  I look forward to working with him again.”

Chair of the Salisbury Symphony Board, John Brincefield adds:  “In January we launched a statewide search for our next Executive Director, and the caliber of applicants was very high.  We were fortunate to find someone with world-class experience and energy right on our doorstep.  James’ appointment was a unanimous decision.  The entire board knows there are exciting times ahead for this organization, and he has our total support.” 

Harvey says:  “It is an honor to be able to serve the SSO by helping bring music to the residents of Rowan County and the entire region.  This organization has such incredible potential for making an impact in the state’s music scene, and I look forward to working with Maestro Hagy and the entire SSO team.  I encourage everyone reading this to get involved with music and join us at the SSO!”

The SSO’s 51 st season commences on July 1st, and includes a program of four performances by the orchestra featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Darrell Harwood (hence the theme “Pushing The Envelope”!).  Tickets and information can be found online at  Call the Symphony office at 704-637-4314 for a copy of the Season Brochure. Find the Salisbury Symphony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Salisbury Symphony’s 50th anniversary season was one of the strongest years for the organization:  audience figures increased, revenue generated through donations and ticket sales grew, and the musical standard was raised yet again by Maestro Hagy, who, in his 29th year as Music Director, led the orchestra in a wide range of contemporary and classic masterpieces.  Highlights of the 2016/2017 season included the commissioning and orchestral premiere of three of Kyle Petty’s compositions, stellar piano performances by Frederic Chiu and Nate Beversluis, the North Carolina premiere of Dreamtime Ancestors by Christopher Theofanidis (as part of the national 50-orchestra consortium “New Music for America”), and Verdi’s Requiem featuring a 180-strong choir and nationally recognized soloists.  This is in addition to the ever-popular “Nutcracker” and annual Pops at the Post concert (which drew a record audience of over 4,000 people in 2016).


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James Dane Harvey, Executive Director
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