Former CSO director appointed GM of Indianapolis Symphony

Danny Beckley has been named the new executive Director of The Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He is standing in the Gaillard Auditorium. (Alan Hawes/postandcourier.com) 12/17/2010 ¬ ¬ Published Caption 12/18/10: Danny Beckley, pictured in the Gaillard Auditorium, has been named the new executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Buy this photo

Daniel Beckley, former executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He will start his new position Aug. 12.

Beckley led business operations at the Charleston Symphony for nearly three years before stepping down earlier this year because of disagreements with the board over direction and management.

During his tenure, the symphony recovered from near-collapse and found new life with a burst of artistic creativity, marketing efforts and fundraising successes.

At the Indianapolis Symphony, Beckley will have overall responsibility for the orchestra and the Hilbert Circle Theatre, including concert planning and logistics, production, operations, touring and run-outs, contracts and budgets.

The vice president of operations and general manager serves as a member of the senior management team.

“This role will be instrumental in helping to shape and execute the ISO’s future plans, and I am confident that we’ve found the right person in Danny,” CEO Gary Ginstling said in a statement. He replaces Tom Ramsey, who retired in February after 29 years with the orchestra.

Beckley, a trained musician and Virginia native, has extended family in Indiana.

“I will greatly miss Charleston, but of course this is a tremendous opportunity to help lead one of the country’s major orchestras,” Beckley wrote in an email to The Post and Courier.

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