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    David Whitehill, 34
    Executive Director
    Bangor Symphony Orchestra

    In his four-plus years with the
    Bangor Symphony Orchestra,
    executive director David Whitehill
    has guided the ensemble from
    debt into the black, and helped
    deliver rapt and record-breaking
    audiences to hear one of the nation’s
    oldest continuously performing

    “David’s leadership, sacrifice,
    resourcefulness, creativity, and
    commitment to the art above all
    else have been instrumental in our
    success,†says BSO board member
    Joyce Clark-Sarnacki.

    Two years ago, Grammy winner
    Lucas Richman joined as Music
    Director and Conductor. “I would
    not have made the decision … if
    not for the brilliant leadership and
    overall ‘menschkeit’ that David
    Whitehill brings to the table. … It
    is astounding to me to look back at
    the relatively brief amount of time
    he has been with the BSO and see
    how much he has accomplished,â€Â
    Richman comments.

    A cellist who insists “I’ve left
    performing to the professionals,â€Â
    Whitehill and his wife, Jessica, live
    in Bangor. Collecting art and going
    antiquing are favorite pasttimes,
    and Whitehill is also a collector of
    historic letters by musical greats,
    among them Isaac Stern and Pablo

    Whitehill speaks passionately of
    his work.

    “For me, what’s so special about the
    BSO is its exponential effect. We’re
    not the New York Philharmonic,
    but we are to this area. What’s
    important is not only the art being
    made, but also how it drives the
    quality of life.

    “My role is simple, but exciting.
    Ask what the community needs,
    and respond. I was so pleased
    when attendance was at 97 percent
    of capacity at ‘The Planets’ on a
    Sunday afternoon in January, and at
    a recent Masterworks concert, to see
    a line of strollers in the lobby. That’s
    simply not happening everywhere.
    “The phenomenon speaks to the
    history of the Symphony and also to
    what we’ve been doing recently, and
    how it’s received.â€Â

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