The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday morning that Bill Lively, one of the city’s premier fundraisers and community leaders, has been tapped as the next president and CEO of the orchestra. Currently president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, Lively will begin working with the DSO on a part-time basis April 1, 2011, and start his official duties on June 1. Interim President Paul Stewart, who will remain with the organization as COO, praised the appointment, noting that Lively “is a fabulous addition to the DSO. I look forward to working closely with him and, hopefully, learning from his great leadership and fundraising skills.” Prior to heading the Super Bowl Host Committee Lively served for eight and a half years as president and CEO of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, now known as the AT&T Performing Arts Center. He had earlier spent 25 years as a faculty member and administrator at Southern Methodist University. Early in his career he served as a teacher, conductor, and band leader, and was an accomplished trumpet player during his high school and college years.

Posted January 12, 2011