Dallas Symphony Orchestra Congratulates Kim Noltemy on Her Appointment as Los Angeles Philharmonic President & CEO

Noltemy’s Transformative Tenure with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Will Continue
Through June 28, 2024

Dallas, Texas (May 2, 2024) – On behalf of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors, Board Chair Cece Smith congratulates Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony, who today was appointed as the Los Angeles Philharmonic President & Chief Executive Officer and David C. Bohnett CEO Chair. Noltemy will continue her role at the DSO through June 28, 2024, and she will work closely with Smith and the senior team of the DSO to ensure a smooth transition into the summer. The DSA Board will soon begin the search for the next leader.

“Though we will miss her greatly, we congratulate Kim on this incredible next step in her career,” said Smith. “She has been a transformative leader of the DSO who has strengthened the reputation of the organization here in Dallas and around the world. Most of all, she has built long-lasting relationships between the DSA and the Dallas community and, personally, with our donors, patrons, staff and musicians. Her leadership and her friendship have been important to me in my role as Chair, and she has positioned the organization for a strong and vibrant future.”

“My time at the Dallas Symphony has been incredible and a truly fulfilling period of my professional life,” said Noltemy. “The board, staff and musicians welcomed me warmly when I arrived, and they have been fantastic partners as we built new programs, expanded our impact on the community and elevated our artistic reputation globally. The move to Los Angeles is bittersweet because I know that there is more work needed to reach the DSO’s ultimate goals and ambitions. I am confident in the leadership of our board and management team to continue the great organizational momentum.”

“Kim’s partnership and friendship have been constant for me since I first arrived in Dallas,” said Fabio Luisi, Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. “She has been a valuable partner in our artistic plans, and she has made possible some of our very ambitious artistic endeavors, including the current Ring cycle. She has also paved the way for our recording and touring projects, and I am grateful for all the work she has done to build the reputation of the orchestra. I congratulate her on her new role, and I wish her happiness and success in Los Angeles.”

Kim Noltemy joined the DSA in January 2018, and her innovative leadership has had profound impact on the organization. Her tenure saw the appointment of Fabio Luisi as Music Director and the extension of his contract through the 2028/29 season. During the challenging years of 2020/21 and 2021/22, Noltemy’s leadership enabled the DSO to present over 300 mainstage concerts and more than 400 outdoor chamber music and community events, with evolving safety protocols for both audiences and musicians. In a pivotal move, she successfully transitioned the management of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center from the City of Dallas to the DSA in October 2019.

With her passion for music education, Noltemy expanded the DSO’s current education and youth programs and launched the elementary- and middle school-level Young Musicians program. The Kim Noltemy Young Musicians – renamed in her honor in 2021 – will celebrate its five-year anniversary this June. also spearheaded a Women in Classical Music initiative that provides opportunities for women conductors, composers and administrators. The initiative includes an annual Symposium that convenes in Dallas each November.

Noltemy re-invigorated the DSO’s media and touring activities during her tenure. Since 2020, the DSO has produced over 90 programs for online and broadcast. The media program has been recognized with local and national Emmy nominations and has reached over 9 million viewers worldwide. The DSO’s recording program has been relaunched with a Brahms Symphony Cycle in progress and many recording projects in the planning stages. Noltemy also took the DSO back to venues outside of Dallas with a three-city tour in Spring 2023 and a European tour – the DSO’s first in over a decade – this June.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents more than 150 orchestra concerts each year at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, one of the world’s top-rated concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. As part of its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The orchestra offers more than 200 chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout Dallas each year, as well as music lessons to more than 1200 students as part of its Young Strings and Young Musicians programs.The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 118-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks – the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Arts & Culture, City of Dallas. For more information, visit dallassymphony.org.


Denise McGovern, Vice President of Communications & Media | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
d.mcgovern@dalsym.com | 214.718.7094

Chelsey Norris, Director of Communications | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
c.norris@dalsym.com | 214.871.4023