After seven months without an executive director, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has named first trumpet player Michael Smith to the position. Smith, who will give up his first trumpet chair when he assumes his new role, is no stranger to the business side of music — he filled in as the CSO’s operations manager from 2010-2012, and was instrumental in negotiating the orchestra’s recent decision to break with the American Federation of Musicians union.
Smith first expressed interest in the position in October, after the CSO’s board had established a search committee and was seriously considering one other candidate. In the end, Smith was endorsed by the board unanimously.
"The CSO has been on a tremendous upward swing since 2010," Smith says. "Having said that, I firmly believe that our brightest days are ahead of us. The number one priority is to not only continue that trend, but raise the bar. We have the ability now to really work as a team, with all the members of the CSO family and our supporters working together to make a first-rate orchestra that serves its community like no other."