The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has named Paul Helfrich as its new executive director. Helfrich is currently the President and CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Helfrich will succeed Christopher Barton, who left the Philharmonic in March 2019. David Hyslop has served as the Orchestra’s interim executive director since May 2019 and will continue in the role until Helfrich assumes his new position.

Helfrich comes to Orlando from Dayton, Ohio where he served as President of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years before leading the merger of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. The Alliance combines ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra into one organization, a first in the nation. At the Alliance, Helfrich held the position of president & CEO for eight years.

Helfrich’s extensive experience includes executive roles with the West Virginia Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony Society, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Helfrich holds a Master of Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Music both from Indiana University.

Helfrich will begin his role as Executive Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2020.

Brendan O'Connor

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