Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) has named Steve Brosvik as the next President and CEO effective August 17, 2020. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Brosvik’s extensive leadership experience and creative approach to inclusive arts programming make him an excellent choice to lead this multifaceted organization during a time when the role of the arts in society to serve as a connector, inspirer, and a reflection of the diverse community it serves has never been more critical.
Brosvik comes to USUO from the Nashville Symphony, where he had served as the Chief Operating Officer since April 2015. There he oversaw the orchestra, artistic, concert operations and production, education and community engagement, fundraising, marketing, and communications teams, and essentially, the development of artistic and community partnerships with other Nashville organizations.
Under his leadership, the Nashville Symphony launched the Violins of Hope Nashville initiative, which engaged 25 community partners and served as a catalyst for 50 collaborative events reaching more than 125,000 people in the Middle Tennessee community and beyond. During his tenure, the Nashville Symphony also planned, recorded and released more than a dozen recording projects, including Jennifer Higdon’s GRAMMY®-winning “All Things Majestic.” Brosvik also sought to make the arts more accessible, and worked with his team to create a new education program to provide scholarship for underrepresented students to address diversity on the orchestra stage as well as Family Concert Series that are sensory friendly for people with autism and other disabilities.
This search occurred during a challenging time as the nation experienced the first surge of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the organization was nimble, and worked very closely with prospective candidates to develop a process that was inclusive and respectful of shelter in place and social distancing guidelines. Despite nationwide bans on large gatherings resulting in empty concert halls and theaters across the country, USUO designed a multi-stage virtual process with its board, selection committee, senior leadership and musicians allowing for multiple, in-depth interactions. At the end, Brosvik was able to visit Utah and conducted a series of discrete socially distanced meetings in many outdoor venues. The uncertainty of the global pandemic was a challenge, but Brosvik and USUO remained flexible, and kept in close communications throughout the process.
Prior to his role in Nashville, Brosvik was General Manager at the Houston Symphony from 2005 through 2015, Executive Director of the San Antonio Symphony, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony, and an alumnus of the League of American Orchestras’ Management Fellowship Program.
Brosvik graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Music Business, and studied piano performance and Dalcroze pedagogy in New York with Dr. Robert Abramson.
This search was led by Regan Gough, Courtney Wilk-Mandel, and Phuong Ta.