Vicki Boutwell to serve as Vice President, Communications, and Maureen Byrne as 
Senior Director, Education and Community Partnerships

St. Louis, April 4, 2018 – Today, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard announced new executive leadership appointments, including the promotion of Vicki Boutwell to lead the SLSO’s new Communications Department and the promotion of Maureen Byrne to Senior Director, Education and Community Partnerships.

President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard said, “I am so delighted to promote Vicki and Maureen to new roles within the organization and to welcome Vicki Boutwell to the executive team. Over the years, each has demonstrated her passion for the SLSO and our community. Both Vicki and Maureen have shared their unbridled energy and creativity, helping the SLSO live our mission of enriching lives through the power of music. I believe this new structure that features distinct and dedicated departments, one in support of overall institutional communications and one with a clear focus on community and education, more closely aligns with our strategic plan and will best serve the SLSO, our guests, and the region for seasons to come.”

The Communications Department will manage internal and external relations for the SLSO, including institutional communications, public relations, and publications. Vicki Boutwell will lead the department, sharpening the focus on strategic institution-wide communications. Boutwell joined the SLSO in March 2017 as Senior Director, Institutional Philanthropy, managing corporate and foundation fundraising. Previously, she served as Director of Development, Community Impact Initiatives for the Nine Network of Public Media. Prior to her non-profit work, she spent more than 15 years in Strategic Communications, most recently as a Vice President with FleishmanHillard and Standing Partnership. She is a 2012/2013 graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis program Leadership St. Louis.

Under Boutwell‘s leadership, the SLSO Communications Department will include Amanda Bowles, Senior Manager, Communications, and Zach Schimpf, Communications and Publications Coordinator.

Maureen Byrne, an eight-year veteran of the SLSO, will serve as Senior Director, Education and Community Partnerships. She will lead the SLSO’s education and community-focused programs, ranging from education concerts hosted at Powell Hall to partnerships and performances throughout the region, making music accessible in the community through the Music Without Boundaries, IN UNISON, and SymphonyCares, among other programs. Byrne is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force family and is a first-generation American. Prior to joining the SLSO staff in 2010, Byrne spent ten years arranging music, accompanying student orchestras, and organizing performance tours for primary and secondary school orchestras in the Parkway School District.

Byrne’s team includes Jessica Ingraham, Director, Education; Michael Gandlmayr, Youth Orchestra Manager; Michelle Byrd, Interim IN UNISON Program Coordinator;and Laura Reinert, Education Programs Coordinator.


About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of today’s most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. Now in its 138th season, the orchestra is committed to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connection – all in service to its mission of enriching people’s lives through the power of music.

In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which marks its 50th anniversary as home of the SLSO this season, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting hundreds of free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. The Grammy Award–winning SLSO’s impact beyond the St. Louis region is realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, celebrated recordings, and regular touring activity.

American conductor David Robertson is the 12th Music Director in the orchestra’s history and has solidified the SLSO’s standing as one of the nation’s most vital and innovative ensembles. The current SLSO season honors the legacy of Music Director David Robertson, whose remarkable 13-year tenure will conclude at the close of the season in May.

Today, the SLSO builds on the institution’s current momentum on all fronts, including artistic, financial, audience growth, and community impact, and looks toward the future with Stéphane Denève. Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following next season as Music Director Designate.