President and CEO
Anne Parsons was named President and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in April 2004. She was previously General Manager of the New York City Ballet, a position she had held since 1998. Prior to assuming her position with the Ballet, Parsons was General Manager of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1998 and Orchestra Manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1991. Parsons also held several positions with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. from 1981 to 1983. Parsons received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1980 where, as a Music Minor, she studied flute and managed the Smith College Orchestra. She was among the first class of American Symphony Orchestra League Fellows in 1980-81.
In addition to her role at the DSO, Parsons is an active board member for several other Detroit-area cultural organizations, including the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan, University Cultural Center Association (UCCA), New Detroit, and Friends of the Detroit School of the Arts. Nationally, she serves on the board of the League of American Orchestras and the advisory board for the Sphinx Organization. A native of New York, Parsons now resides in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, with her husband Donald Dietz, a photographer, and 12-year old daughter Cara.