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Michelle Miller Burns Michelle Miller Burns

Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra has selected Michelle Miller Burns as its next President and CEO, effective September 2018. Previous to her full time appointment, Burns will accompany the Orchestra on its ground-breaking tour to South Africa in August.

Burns’ orchestral career began in the administration of the Chicago Symphony, where she held multiple positions over 15 years before being appointed Vice President for Development at the Newberry Library. In 2015 she joined the Dallas Symphony as Vice President of Development and subsequently served as Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Operating Officer. Burns recently served as Interim President and CEO in Dallas; under her leadership, the Dallas Symphony ratified a new three-year contract with its musicians, achieved its contributed revenue goal of $24 million, and completed its 2016-17 season with a balanced budget.

Burns earned a B.M. in Arts Administration from Northwestern University, where she studied violin performance with members of the Chicago Symphony, and subsequently completed the Chicago Management Institute program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Management Fellowship with the League of American Orchestras.

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