Monday, July 23, 2012

Charlotte Symphony's Martin takes Dallas job

Jonathan Martin, the Charlotte Symphony's executive director, is leaving to become the president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony. 

Martin, who came to Charlotte in 2008, will step down Aug. 19, he said Monday afternoon. He'll go to work in Dallas in September, according to the Dallas Symphony's announcement Monday. 

"Jonathan brings extraordinary experience, a pleasant personality and an inspirational vision" to Dallas' orchestra, its board chair, Blaine Nelson, said in a statement. The interim president whom Martin is replacing, David Hyslop, said Martin was the "clear choice" for the job. 

"He is a great fit for the Dallas community, soft-spoken and thoughtful, and possessing a strong set of guiding principles for the creation of the new American orchestra model that has been honed through 33 years of experience in the field," Hyslop said. 

 Martin will start his new job with a five-year contract. In the announcement, he said he's "thrilled and honored to be joining the Dallas Symphony. ... I believe strongly in this orchestra, and I join its musicians, staff volunteers, generous patrons and passionate supporters at a time of unparalleled excitement and opportunity."