David Hyslop Arts Consultant
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David Hyslop
David Hyslop's 50-year career in arts management includes 32 years serving as Chief Executive Officer for three of the nation’s top symphony orchestras—Minnesota Orchestra (1991-2003), St. Louis Symphony (1978-1991), and Oregon Symphony (1972-1978).

During his long tenures in Minnesota and St. Louis, Hyslop was also responsible for the operation of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and Powell Hall in St. Louis.

Since 2004, Hyslop has spearheaded consulting projects throughout the country, drawing on his vast experience in the arts to help clients achieve their goals. His many consulting projects have included successful executive searches for the Canton Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, strategic planning for the Santa Fe Opera and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, executive coaching for the Houston Symphony, and development feasibility studies for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra endowment campaign and the Wheaton Grand Theater (Illinois) redevelopment and business planning project.

Hyslop has served on the boards of the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association,
Minneapolis Downtown Council, American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.  He has also been brought in as an “expert in the field” on consulting projects with CH Johnson Consulting in Chicago, Illinois, and WolfBrown in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hyslop’s illustrious career has brought him many honors. Among these, a Minnesota Orchestra Subscription Concert was dedicated to him in his final season with the Orchestra. The David J. Hyslop Trumpet Chair was Endowed in Perpetuity by the St.  Louis Symphony in 1991. Fanfare for D.H. was composed for Mr. Hyslop’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony by Pulitzer-winning composer Joseph Schwantner. He was awarded the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant by the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1966.

Mr. Hyslop received his B.S. in Music Education from Ithaca College.
“David, you have been hugely successful in the orchestra world, receiving constantly the respect of all those people you have touched... not only here in Minnesota, but throughout the world. You have guided your colleagues with clarity of purpose, great good humor, creativity and inspiration, to greater and greater achievement. You have done this not only because you are a great administrator, but because you are a fine person.”

~Doc Severinsen

“Through his role as president of symphony orchestras and serving on the American Symphony Orchestra League Board of Directors, Mr. Hyslop has developed many working relationships with his professional colleagues in the music industry. With his music knowledge and orchestra administration skills, Mr. Hyslop is a seasoned professional who would serve any organization well.”

~Osmo Vanska, Music Director
Minnesota Orchestra
Doc Severinsen and David Hyslop
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David Hyslop Arts Consultant