The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is bringing in a big wig.

Robert Blocker, a Charleston native, was recently elected to the symphony’s board of directors as the new vice president for artistic planning. A successful international solo concert pianist, Blocker will help current CSO concertmaster and artistic adviser Yuriy Bekker with creating new programs.

As executive director Daniel Beckley explained, most of the planning for the 2011-’12 season is just about completed, so with the addition of Blocker, the group’s focus is mostly on helping plan the ’12-’13 season. Blocker, who has a wide range of administrative experience as well, will retain his current position as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University.

To learn more, visit the CSO’s website.