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Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus names new executive director

January 4, 2019

The Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus announced Thursday that Daniel Crupi, 29, will become its new executive director on March 14, filling a position that has been open since the May resignation of Gregory W. Heltman, who founded the organization in 1984.

“His intelligence, knowledge, imagination and dynamism will be crucial as the musicians, staff and board collaborate to craft a new era of innovation and artistic excellence for the organization,” principal conductor Guillermo Figueroa said of Crupi.

Crupi will be moving to Santa Fe from Greensboro, N.C., where he became chief operating officer of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in 2016, following three years as that organization’s director of development and public relations. His responsibilities included the orchestra’s fundraising, community engagement, financial and artistic operations.

In a news release, Crupi noted Santa Fe’s unique and vibrant arts community, and he said he is eager to work with Figueroa and the symphony’s board and staff.

“I look forward to making the classical arts accessible for all, and to redefining what a symphony orchestra can mean to its community,” he said.

Crupi is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where, as a singer, he received his bachelor’s degree in music. He earned a master’s degree in music in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He is married to Caroline Crupi, a coloratura soprano.

In Santa Fe, he will oversee an administrative staff of six and will manage an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million, slightly smaller than the $1.8 million of the Greensboro Symphony. He will report to a board of directors that currently consists of 20 members, of which five are orchestra members.

The Santa Fe Symphony consists of 56 tenured professional musicians whose ranks are supplemented by additional players as required by repertoire. The Symphony Chorus is a mostly volunteer ensemble with a core of paid professionals.

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