DSO Board of Directors

These are the names of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
taken from the DSO Website on February 6, 2011

Stanley Frankel, Chairman of the Board

Executive Committee
Paul M. Huxley, First Vice Chair
Marlies Castaing, Second Vice Chair
Glenda D. Price, Ph.D., Secretary
Arthur A. Weiss, Treasurer
Lloyd E. Reuss, Officer At-large
Clyde Wu, M.D., Officer At-large
Phillip Wm. Fisher, Officer At-large
Lillian Bauder, Ph.D.
Penny B. Blumenstein
Stephen R. D’Arcy
Herman Frankel
Ralph Gerson
Alfred R. Glancy III, Chairman Emeritus
Kelly Hayes, Volunteer Council President
Ronald M. Horwitz
Dr. Arthur L. Johnson
Richard P. Kughn
Bonnie Larson
Melvin A. Lester, M.D.
Arthur C. Liebler
David Robert Nelson
James B. Nicholson, Chairman Emeritus
Bruce D. Peterson
Bernard I. Robertson
Jack A. Robinson
Alan E. Schwartz
Barbara Van Dusen

Rosette Ajluni
Robert Allesee
Daniel Angelucci
Floy Barthel
George J. Bedrosian
Mrs. Mandell L. Berman
Stephen A. Bromberg
John A. Boll, Sr.
Richard A. Brodie
Lynne Carter, M.D.
Gary L. Cowger
Peter D. Cummings, Chairman Emeritus
Maureen T. D’Avanzo
Karen Davidson
Peter J. Dolan
Walter E. Douglas
Marianne Endicott
Jennifer Fischer
Sidney Forbes
Laura L. Fournier
Mrs. Harold Frank
Barbara Frankel
Paul Ganson*
Brigitte Harris
Gloria Heppner, Ph.D.
Nicholas Hood III
Mark Jannott
Renee Janovsky
Chacona Johnson
George G. Johnson
Michael J. Keegan
The Hon. Damon J. Keith
Harold Kulish
Linda Dresner Levy
Harry A. Lomason II
Ralph J. Mandarino
Mervyn H. Manning
David N. McCammon
Lois A. Miller
Ed Miller
Jim Mitchell
Sean M. Neall
Jay Noren, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert E. L. Perkins, D.D.S.
William F. Pickard
Marilyn Pincus
Stephen Polk
Marjorie S. Saulson
Lois L. Shaevsky
Mrs. Ray A. Shapero
Wei Shen
Jane F. Sherman
Shirley R. Stancato
Stephen Strome
Michael R. Tyson
Ann Marie Uetz
David Usher
Sharon L. Vasquez
R. Jamison Williams
John E. Young

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  • Colette Gilewicz

    Why is it up to the musicians to make up a budget shortfall that has been primarily caused by the construction of that behemoth next to Orchestra Hall, namely the Max M. Fisher Center. David DiChiera has been able to successfully renegotiate his loans on the Opera house. Why can’t La Parsons and company do the same? Perhaps its because they don’t want to settle this strike. The longer it goes on, the more musicians will leave for other orchestras, or simply retire, which is her ultimate goal. If she can dessimate the ranks by whatever reason, she will have saved those salaries and opened up those positions to lesser experienced musicians.

  • D. Kevin Powers

    I have been working for the brass musicians in the symphony servicing and repairing their instrument for the last 26 years. They are truly some of the best in the nation. My shop has done work for several of the major orchestras as well as military groups. Bill, Steve, Kevin, Randy … they are people I have grown to respect on more than just a professional level. They care more deeply about Detroit than most other professionals. They need to be invested in the community to be successful. Their job requires a different commitment to the arts as well as community. Frankly I don’t care what it costs, it’s worth it!
    Most forget the “trickle down”. I not only get work from the musicians but also get work from their students and their students students. An investment in a viable symphony supports more than the income of the symphony members.
    How do you attract corporate sponsors for community efforts, like “Honda – Power Of Dreams”, if you can’t come to a reasonable agreement with the members?
    If I had the money you’d be playing in my backyard every weekend!
    I can guarantee a standing room only audience!
    Kevin Powers
    Michigan Musical Instrument Service

  • george menge

    please think about Detroit

  • mary scanlan

    I live on the other side of the state(Grand Rapids) and am a musician. Most of my trips to Detroit revolve around hearing the symphony. The orchestra still has the resonance with arts lovers to place this struggling city in the first ranks with other US cities in terms of quality symphony orchestras. To allow some misguided board of directors to destroy this orchestra is unbelievable. It demonstrates a bottom-line business mentality that has little to do with love and appreciation of music. Unfortunately they are in a decision-making position that should be guided by unlimited efforts to resolves this issue in such a way that the compromises suggested by the orchestra are welcomed as they all work together to save the DSO. The board seems to be totatlly devoid of any such sentiments.

  • Eric Sooy

    Unbelievable. DSO mgmt has turned over their last card in the game to show us, and it truly turns out to the be the grim reaper.

  • Kathleen McCreed..

    I’m really starting to believe Anne Parsons and the DSO management board absolutely DO NOT CARE what any of the community members-at-large think about this impasse. Pretty soon they will have accomplished what they set out to do, and then, if we’re all lucky, they, too, will be out of a job.

  • Bryan Alex

    Hey I have an idea; maybe the management of the DSO can get on the board of the DIA and destroy our art museum as well. I’m sure they can get some nonunion construction workers to rip the Diego Rivera mural off the wall and sell it. Maybe put up a Coca Cola ad, or a monument to Anne Parsons. That kind of idea has the same merit as what they are doing to the DSO. Do we really have to leave Detroit with NOTHING of value? And by our own managers and directors? Management needs to get out of the way and turn over control of one of the nations’ greatest cultural treasures to people that really care and are competent to take care of this wonderful cultural asset. Egotistic, greedy, powerhungry, control addictive, psychotic managers and apathetic board members are going to get us in a position very shortly that will take 100 years to fix. Good job you idiots.

  • Karen Potts

    To the DSO management:
    Clearly, your sole purpose is to destroy the union and thus the wonderful Detroit Symphony, as we have known it. So many people’s lives are being effected by the poor management decisions–patrons and musicians alike are suffering financially, emotionally, and culturally.
    The musicians called your bluff and now your true colors are showing through–you are attempting to break the union and in the process you are destroying the orchestra. You will go down in history as the worst arts managers ever!

  • LaValle Linn

    The DSO Board Members will be remembered as being the ones who brought this fine orchestra down. Perhaps they each should spend a month in the shoes of an orchestra member.

  • Shelly Denes

    Seems like great ideas from the musicians to SAVE THE SYMPHONY……….not sure why management cannot seem to want SAVE THE SYMPHONY!!!!!!!!!!! This first class orchestra cannot survive another several months without some attempt at arbritation……… Let’s try and get things rolling for a 2011-2012 season at least.

  • Fritz Kaenzig

    Dear Board of Directors and Executive Committee,

    Please make the most of what seems to be a final, but very plausible end to the strike. The binding arbitration that has been proposed is a most reasonable manner to settle the rather small financial differences between musicians and management, as well as working conditions. This should finally be a way to find closure and to move beyond the acrimony that has been created between musicians, management, and patrons, not to mention the Detroit metropolitan area, state, and national audience watching the events surrounding the DSO strike with deep dismay.

    While losing the entire percussion section is a blow to the Orchestra from which it will take years to recover, the majority of the musicians are still on the sidelines, waiting to join their instrumental voices together, once again, to create that wondrous sound and music-making that is unique to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This is the moment to allow that to happen, while settling the final outstanding issues through the proposed binding arbitration. Please allow us to hear the magic of the music created by the DSO once again!

  • Norma Meyer

    With all the hoopla surrounding the Superbowl ad whichI never realized was for the Chrysler 200, I honestly thought it was an ad for Detroit. That it ended at the Fox with the gospel singers more than proves that the time is NOW for Detroit to value its cultural heritage and not “throw it under the bus” that someone else wrote. I willingly travel from St. Clair County to hear the DSO and I’ve felt betrayed this season.

  • Arlene Gendelman

    DSO Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee and Board of Directors
    This has been a very discouraging and depressing time for Detroit and I’m certain you can count the ways as well as I can. Not only have the Detroit schools posted the worst test scores for math in the nation and photos of Detroit’s decay are posted internationally for all to see, but we are now on our way to becoming a cultural wasteland.
    We need your leadership to bring back our wonderful symphony orchestra and not take a stand that amounts to Detroit slipping many more notches into obscurity and poverty.
    Why has this become such an insurmountable issue? Why have so many opportunities for resolution been allowed to slip away? Like so many us symphony goers I feel like part of my life has been sliced away and I resent it!


  • Barbara G. Stanb..

    I am truly appalled by the shortsighteness of the DSO Board and management. This is an age that requires bold leadership and innovation to keep the artistic soul of major cities financed. These qualities seem total absent in the current situation.

    The negotiation tactics used by this Board are based on win/ lose assumptions and were retired long ago by successful negotiators.

    Start with a fresh team and call in some people who know how to close a deal. We need a the DSO if we are to maintain any semblance of quality of life in these difficult days of Detroit turnaround.

  • Ellen Manthe, DMA

    I am sick and hurt inside for what was, and should still be, the magnificent Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

  • Evan

    I think what the management is doing is an absolute CRIME

  • Herb & Karen..

    Well, Ms. Parsons and Board Members – hope you are happy. We will no longer have a “World Class Symphony Orchestra.” Members of the orchestra have already started leaving Detroit for jobs in other cities. We have been subscribers for many, many years and this year left a huge void in our lives because we had no concerts to attend. We will be thinking twice before we once again subscribe for a series, not knowing what the quality of the “new” symphony will be. Very disappointing!

  • Kelsey

    Dear Directors,

    This fuss is unnecessairy. Forget all of the manipulative bull that you’ve been propogating thus far… do your job and save the DSO.

  • Brian Lally

    I live in Seattle, WA. I used to listen to broadcasts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Seattle’s classical music station, Classic King FM. I think it would be a real shame to lose this great arts organization. Please do all you can to save it.

  • Clifford A. Cyplik

    It is your civic duty to preserve, protect and defend our Detroit Symphony.

  • Deanna Doubler-M..

    Detroit cannot make a come back as a world class city without an orchestra. Please save the orchestra. We need the DSO in Detroit!

  • James A. Waring

    Stanley Frankel and All Members of the DSO Board,

    You are guilty of the worst artistic crime in the last century in Detroit. By your silence and blind lust for power over the greatest cultural asset in our City and the lives of the finest musicians in the world you have deliberatley without concience made the decision to destroy our World Class DSO forever.
    With your foolish and short sighted attitude you have declared that great music and great performances are no longer relevant in our City and that we citizens must for the future accept a sorry imitation of a Symphony Orchestra made up of semi professional musicians and students.
    Clearly you do not realize that all the musicians of our DSO whose lives you are destroying were invited to come to Detroit after winning international auditions which pkace them in a class among the finest in the world. As you participate in the destruction of our Orchestra many of these musicians will leave for positions in orchestras where the musicians are respected for their artistry and what they bring to the city where they live and work,
    During the last six months your Staff Management and Conductor have continued to receive their salaries while not managing or conducting and the musicians have given their salaries in their crusade to not accept your vision of a third rate orchestra.

    It is now time for you to do the right thing. If you, as a Board, can not or will not support a first class orchestra in Detroit you must do two things. First you must fire Ann Parsons and her staff and then you should resign and make way for a new Board with new leadership who love great music and our DSO.

    • You have said it all! Bravo!

      • I echo Mr. Waring’s sentiment completely. I couldn’t put it more succinctly. You ARE guilty of the worst artistic crime in the last century in Detroit.
        And one more thing: would Detroit be better off without Ms. Parsons and the Board OR without the DSO? Clearly, we need the DSO for Detroit’s future. We do not need a disingenuous management and Board.

      • BRAVO, Mr. Waring,
        I could not have said it better myself. I keep asking myself “What is wrong with the people entrusted to the management of the DSO?!?” What has been done and continues to be done by them is truly heartless and unconscionable.
        You’re right, Mr. Waring, Anne Parsons needs to be unceremoniously dumped and sent packing (who agreed to her outrageous salary of $400,000/yr anyway?!?), and the Board needs to resign in shame. Either that or the DSO musicians need to form their own organization and go forward on their own, as someone else suggested a while back.

  • Chad Willetts

    From what I have heard, it sounds like dumb, dumb, and dumber mixed with insecurities, some big egos, a few drama queens, and some exhibitionists who are loving this insane cycle which continues to “spin” the wheels of the motor city.
    Someone ought to clean house at Orchestra Hall and send the “BORED” and the management to conduct their business in a floating POD on the Detroit River; a great place to sink a ship!
    Oh, the pain.

  • Henry Duitman

    Please, stop throwing wonderful and faithful musicians of the DSO, as well as the city of Detroit, under the bus! Come to the table now and resolve this issue!

  • Helen Kerwin

    I do not “get it”. I know many of these people on the Board and on the executive committee and wonder what the underlying problems are. These are honorable people and I wonder what the “real” causes and issues are in not sustaining a Major orchestra in Detroit.

  • Michael Comins

    To the Board:

    During the last few months, while listening to WQXR here in New York play a number of CDs from the Paul Paray and Neeme Järve eras, I’ve marveled anew at what a fine orchestra the DSO is. Living in the City affords me the opportunity to attend Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, NYPO and Philadelphia Orchestra concerts (just to name a few) yearly. The DSO’s quality does not fall short in comparison despite its lower budget. I consider it a great tragedy that your management team is forcing this fine orchestra to disband. I hope you will all come to your senses.

  • Carol Gordon

    When I was 16 I begged my dad for a month for the money to attend a Cleveland symphony performance. It was the highlight of my junior year of high school. This is where I developed a love of classical music. To think that this opportunity is being denied to everyone in the Detroit area is very sad! High quality musicians give high quality performances and need to be given the opportunity to do so. As a resident of the greater Detroit area, I implore all parties involved to reach an amicable agreement! Bring back the DSO!!

  • John Ginther

    I think it is clear that the “management” of the DSO should be in the hands of the musicians. I am not close to the DSO situation, but have been involved as a practicing musician (since 1945) with various music groups, and I think the most successful are self-governed.

  • Jon Greenawalt

    The inability of those responsbile for the breakdown and shutdown of the DSO is a community tragedy. As a member of the Detroit greater community who cares, yet without direct knowledge of the issues or circumstances, here are some observations I have of the situation:
    1. It looks like a battle of egos, of who will be dominate and who will win or lose.
    2. It points to complete breakdown in trust between the muscians and DSO leaders.
    3. To alter a proposal, or compromise on a position is now a matter of saving face, which seems more important than resolution.
    4. The impact on our community and its people seems lost if not irrelevant.

    If this is in fact the culture that is in place withinthe two groups, then I believe it will indeed end in a complete disaster; the loss of a treasured cultural icon. Nothing positive will come out of such an invironment, and unless and until that changes, there is no prospect for a resolution.

  • Nancy Schwalm

    DSO Chairman, Executive Committee and Board of Directors:
    I respectively submit that it is time, past time actually, for each of you to make your best individual effort to fairly negotiate and bring the DSO strike to a close. The DSO is not just about musical instruments, it is about the musicians who bring them to life and the unique combination of the particular musicians who make up the DSO. Anyone who loves and listens to classical music will tell you that each major orchestra has their own unique sound, all stunning and filled with talent, but unique based upon the individuals who make up that particular orchestra. The DSO is an outstanding ensemble because of its current musicians and the people of the Metropolitan Detroit area deserve nothing less and will settle for nothing less. My daughter is a member of the Civic Orchestra and aspires to be a professional orchestral musician. Her teacher is a DSO Musician. Her musical inspiration comes from the DSO and the Orchestra Hall stage and that stage has been sadly silenced. The Civic Orchestra and the other CYE Ensembles have continued to make music during this strike, but sadness permeates their rehearsals and performances, because the people that they aspire to be like are no longer there. If the DSO ceases to exist as a world class orchestra, so ultimately will the Civic Orchestra cease to exist as THE youth orchestral program. There are other Youth Orchestras in the metropolitan area; the DSO and the affiliation with those musicians is what makes the Civic Orchestra unique and the pinnacle for young players. The young musicians of Michigan are looking to you to resolve this issue. Please do not let them down.

  • Carolyn

    To others who read this list, may I suggest, if you know, or are in any position to speak with any of these Board members, please, do. Possibly, you can explain what is really happening and the consequences for the Area, State, Nation, and ,especially, for the present and future children of this area.
    In any case, each has to be held responsible and given appropriate credit.

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