Dallas Symphony Orchestra Names Terry D. Loftis as Chief Advancement and Revenue Officer

New Position Will Lead Fundraising and Marketing Throughout the DSO

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Dallas, Texas (November 4, 2022) – Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO, and Cece Smith, Chair of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors, have named Terry D. Loftis to the new position of  Chief Advancement and Revenue Officer of the DSO. In this role, which begins December 1, Loftis will lead fundraising, volunteer cultivation, corporate philanthropic support, marketing and social media functions for the organization. He will be a key leader in realizing the strategic objectives of the organization and creating a new, sustainable model among orchestras.

Loftis joins the DSO from TACA where he served as the Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director since 2019. During his tenure, he advanced the organization’s work and relevance, conceiving timely programming in the wake of the pandemic to support struggling arts organizations.  Prior to TACA, Loftis enjoyed a successful 25-year career in the advertising and marketing sector. He served as vice president of the Broadway Strategic Return Fund in New York, BSRF co-produced two Tony Award-winning productions, Once on This Island and Hadestown

In addition, he co-produced two acclaimed shows, Bandstand and The Visit.  The Dallas native is a graduate of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and has been actively engaged in the Dallas arts and nonprofit community for many years.  He currently serves on the board of Black Tie Dinner, Dallas Arts District, Texans for the Arts, and is a member of the Dallas Assembly.  Loftis also sits on the President’s Council of the Advisory Board of Booker T. Washington.  His past board service includes Resource Center, Friends of the Katy Trail, USA Film Festival, TITAS/Dance Unbound and The Dallas Way.

“I am delighted to join the Dallas Symphony executive team in this important new role,” said Loftis. “I’ve been privileged to collaborate with Kim Noltemy for several years, admiring her leadership skills up close.  She has set the DSO on a path towards unprecedented growth and innovation, and I look forward to helping fulfill her vision to take the DSO to even greater heights.”

“I have gotten to know Terry during my time here in Dallas, and I am thrilled that he will be joining the DSO,” said Noltemy. “With his incredible background in both fundraising and marketing, I know he will be a valuable asset to the organization.”

“Terry has been responsible for significant growth for TACA during his tenure as leader of our organization,” said Michael Meadows, TACA Board Chair. “His leadership and conception of new programming at an especially critical time provided a tremendous boost to arts organizations in our city.  On behalf of our board, I wish him well in his new role.” 


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents world-class orchestral music 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. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. During the pandemic, the Dallas Symphony was one of a few major U.S. orchestras to present socially distanced concerts with live audiences throughout the 2020/21 Season. Furthermore, the orchestra has offered more than 200 outdoor chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout the Metroplex since the summer. The DSO continued online music lessons to more than 300 students as part of its Young Strings and Young Musicians programs.

The Dallas Symphony has used digital and broadcast media to share music beyond its geographic boundaries and has become a leader among American orchestras in digital distribution. In 2021, the DSO presented a three-concert broadcast series with Bloomberg Media, reaching over 4 million viewers globally. In October 2021, PBS stations across the country began airing One Symphony, Two Orchestras, a program that documented the historic concert of Mahler’s First Symphony with the DSO and the musicians of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in May 2021. That program was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in May 2022. The DSO also captures and streams concert performances for distribution online through its Next Stage Digital Concert Series, Presented by PNC Bank. Programs are available on the DSO’s website at watch.dallassymphony.org.

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.

Denise McGovern | Vice President of Communications & Media | d.mcgovern@dalsym.com
Sidney Hopkins | Communications & Media Manager | s.hopkins@dalsym.com