The Nashville Symphony’s Chief Operating Officer, Steven Brosvik, has been named President & CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO). He will assume the post on August 17, 2020. Based in Salt Lake City, USUO reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region each year through four full operas, more than 175 symphony performances and a variety of educational outreach programs.
Brosvik has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Nashville Symphony since April 2015, overseeing the orchestra, artistic administration, concert operations and production, education and community engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications. During his tenure, the Nashville Symphony has planned, recorded and released more than a dozen recording projects, including Jennifer Higdon’s GRAMMY®-winning All Things Majestic, and has embraced a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion that continues to have a profound effect on the organization’s mission, vision and artistic programming.
Building community partnerships has been at the heart of Brosvik’s work in Nashville. Under his leadership, in 2018 the Nashville Symphony presented 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. He also worked with Nashville Ballet on projects including a multimedia presentation of Orff’s Carmina Burana, and he helped convene multiple organizations from across the Nashville community to plan a yearlong commemoration of the 19th Amendment Centennial.
“The Nashville Symphony has benefited enormously from Steve Brosvik’s leadership,” said Nashville Symphony President & CEO Alan D. Valentine. “Much of this is evident in the tremendous work that our organization has done over the past five years: the continued artistic growth of the orchestra, the deepening impact of our education and community programs, and the countless ways that the Nashville Symphony has worked to become an even better partner with our fellow arts and nonprofit organizations.
“Steve is also, without question, one of the finest colleagues I’ve worked with in my 40 years in the orchestra industry. I really treasure our working relationship, which we have built on a foundation of shared wisdom and mutual trust. The spirit of partnership and collaboration that Steve has so effectively helped to establish with our community also defines how we work together as an institution. We have a management team that is well-positioned to continue his great work here at the Nashville Symphony as he prepares to lead his own organization. His impact will be felt for a long time to come – and it will help to guide our work as we re-envision the future of the Nashville Symphony.”
“As excited as I am to begin working with USUO, leaving Nashville was not an easy decision,” Brosvik said. “My family and I have loved it here, and we have made a genuine and lasting connection with our community in Middle Tennessee. I am really going to miss all of the amazing personal and professional relationships I’ve been able to build, and these will inspire me as I look ahead to the work I hope to do in Utah. I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments here, and I’m honored to have helped shape the direction of both the Nashville Symphony and this remarkable community that I have been so lucky to call home for the past five years.”