Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Names New President and CEO; Bernard Has Been Executive Director and CEO of Boston's Early-Music Handel and Haydn Society since 2007

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Names New President and CEO; Bernard Has Been Executive Director and CEO of Boston's Early-Music Handel and Haydn Society since 2007

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Fresh off its triumphant win in Sunday's Grammy Awards, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced more news on Wednesday: the country's second-oldest professional orchestra has a new president and CEO.

She is Marie-Hlne Bernard, 46, a musician, lawyer and arts administrator. Her predecessor, Fred Bronstein, left the SLSO in May to become dean of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

A native of Qubec, Bernard has been executive director and CEO of Boston's early-music Handel and Haydn Society since 2007. Earlier, she worked for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard, who said in a telephone interview that she felt immediately at home in St. Louis, was approached by the SLSO's search team and invited to apply for the position. "St. Louis has such a fabulous reputation in the field, such a great artistic standing" she said. "I am very, very excited to be coming to this orchestra."

Bernard starts officially on July 1 but said that she expects to spend "quite a bit of time" in St. Louis before that.

Bernard studied communications, media, and literature as an undergraduate at Jean-de-Brbeuf College in Montreal. Before moving to arts management, Bernard attended law school at the University of Montral and practiced corporate, tax and intellectual property law for six years in Canada; she is still a member of the Qubec Bar Association. She is currently treasurer and president-elect of Early Music America.

In 1996 she won a prestigious yearlong fellowship with the League of American Orchestras, the first Canadian to be accepted, and did residencies with the New York Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra.

Bernard comes from a musical family. Her brother, Charles Bernard, is the assistant principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. …

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