NSO Announces Faye Perkins as new Executive Director

May 03, 2019


Niagara Symphony Orchestra announces Faye Perkins as new Executive Director

Friday May 3, 2019; St. Catharines, Ontario

The Board of Directors of the Niagara Symphony Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Faye Perkins to the position of Executive Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Perkins assumes her new role Monday, May 6, 2019, succeeding retiring Executive Director Candice Turner-Smith who has served the organization since 2012.

A University of Western Ontario graduate (Bachelor of Music), Ms. Perkins is the founder and president of Real World Artists Management.  At Sony Music for 17 years, she rose to the position of Director at Epic Records and then moved to Sony Classical in New York City as V.P. of International Marketing.  As a former adviser to the Glenn Gould Estate, Ms. Perkins will continue to act as a consultant to Primary Wave on his behalf. 

"After conducting an extensive search, our committee was unanimous in selecting Faye to lead the NSO in its next stage of development.  Her passion for music and deep knowledge of the classical music world will prove invaluable.", said Board Chair Brent Harasym.

Music Director Bradley Thachuk welcomed Ms. Perkins, saying:  “I am very pleased that the Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors has contracted Faye as the new Executive Director for our orchestra.  With a profound love of orchestral music, and exciting ideas on how to market the orchestra in a digital age, she was the clear choice for both the players of the NSO and myself.  Faye’s appointment sends a clear message to all:  the NSO will continue to put the Art first in all considerations and endeavours as the orchestra continues to evolve in how we can best serve our valued patrons, the Niagara region and orchestral music in general.  Welcome Faye . . .  now let’s get to work!"

“I am thrilled to be working with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bradley Thachuk." commented Ms. Perkins.  "Until I attended my first NSO performance one year ago, I had no idea that some of the very best music is being made right here in St. Catharines.  Once I heard the music that he and the musicians were creating I had to become a part of it.  Now I get to work with one of Canada’s strongest conductors, some wonderful musicians, a motivated and creative staff and a solid board of directors." 

Please join the board, musicians and staff of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in welcoming Ms. Perkins to the NSO.

 “We want to thank Candice for her exceptional leadership, enhancing the NSO’s position as one of Canada’s most respected professional orchestras,” said Board Chair Harasym. “She has done so much to put the orchestra on a sound financial and operational footing, shepherding the Niagara Symphony Orchestra's 2015 move from Brock University to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.”

Music Director Bradley Thachuk acknowledged Ms. Turner-Smith's invaluable contribution, noting:  "It is with great personal sadness that I say farewell to Candice as our Executive Director.  A Music Director can only dream of having such a partner and collaborator.  She has been intrinsic to the Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s success during my tenure, and consistently has shown she is not only one of the most gifted advocates of the arts, but one of the most passionate and important citizens of the Niagara region.  Any clumsy words from me will fall short of properly expressing what she means to me, the NSO and Niagara.  She will be sorely missed, but will forever be a part of the orchestra, both its past, and its future. Thank you, my friend."

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