The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday night that they’ve hired an Executive Director. Daniel Beckley has served on the Board of Directors for the past 18 months and has also performed as a guest bass trombonist with the orchestra. He’ll be responsible for overseeing all aspects of management and operations along with keeping the organization on track with its restructuring plan.

“Through his experience, he has developed a sound understanding of the intricacies of our operating model and passionately appreciates the end product — the beautiful music performed by our professional musicians,” says Ted Legasey, current president of the Board of Directors.

Former director Jan Newcomb quit back in 2009 after less than two years on the job. Around the same time, resident conductor Scott Terrell announced he would be leaving for a job in Kentucky, and musicians and staff had agreed to a two-month furlough to save funds. Harpist Kathleen Wilson took over as interim executive director in June 2009 and was let go in April 2010, leaving the executive staff with only three full-time members.

Beckley holds a Masters in music performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelors in music education from James Madison University. He is a classical trombonist, certified music teacher, and he’s worked for BlueKey Web Solutions, a web design and Internet marketing firm, since 2005.  
“I am honored and thrilled to be part of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra organization at this exciting juncture in its history,” Beckley says. “We’ve all faced many challenges this past year, but now it is time to move forward and together begin the hard work of raising funds and planning an outstanding 75th Anniversary Season for this Charleston community.”