David Hyslop ’65


David Hyslop graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music in 1965. 


David's 58-year career in arts management includes 32 years serving as Chief Executive Officer for three of the nation’s top symphony orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony from 1972 to 1978, the St. Louis Symphony from 1978 to 1991, and the Minnesota Orchestra from 1991 to 2003. He has also served as interim President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, interim CEO of the Louisville Orchestra, the Consulting Theater Manager for the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California, interim CEO of the Stockton Symphony, interim Executive Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, interim Managing Director of the Dallas Summer Musicals from June 2016 until May 2017, interim President of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, senior advisor to the Houston Symphony Executive Committee, interim CEO of the Omaha Symphony, interim Executive Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, interim Executive Director of the Orlando Philharmonic, interim Executive Director of the Amarillo Symphony. 


Since 2004, David has spearheaded consulting projects throughout the country, which include successful executive searches for the Canton Symphony; the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Sun Valley Center for the Arts; strategic planning for the Santa Fe Opera and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra; and development feasibility studies for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra endowment campaign and the Wheaton Grand Theater redevelopment and business planning project in Illinois. 


David has served on the boards of the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association, Minneapolis Downtown Council, League of American Orchestras, and is a life trustee of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.  


David’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 Minnesota Orchestra. “The David J. Hyslop Trumpet Chair” was Endowed in Perpetuity by the St. Louis Symphony in 1991. Fanfare for D.H. was commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony to honor Mr. Hyslop’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony and was composed by Pulitzer Award-winning composer Joseph Schwantner. He was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant in Performing Arts Management by the League of American Orchestras.