RELEASE: Omaha Symphony names Senior Vice President and General Manager
Meg Sippey appointed after tenures with Baltimore Symphony, Memphis Symphony
OMAHA, Neb., June 24, 2021 — The Omaha Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Meg Sippey to the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Omaha Symphony effective July 12, 2021. Sippey will be the first to fill this new role in the organization.
As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sippey will work closely with Omaha Symphony President & CEO Jennifer Boomgaarden and Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl to oversee the implementation of long-range artistic vision and artistic policies of the orchestra. Additionally, she will provide leadership and strategic direction to the Omaha Symphony artistic, education, community engagement, production, digital strategy and orchestra operations teams as they work to invigorate the art form and deepen community relationships.
“Omaha Symphony is an organization I have long admired for its creative programming and extensive community and education initiatives,” said Sippey. “Most recently, I’ve been excited to watch as the orchestra has become a leader in our field for its newly launched digital platform. I am thrilled to step into this new role to continue the important work the orchestra is doing artistically and in service to this incredible community – I can’t wait to get started and look forward to becoming a part of Omaha’s vibrant arts scene!”
Sippey currently serves as Director of Artistic Planning and General Manager at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her position in Memphis, she was the Executive Director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony where she was named one of "17 people to watch" by the Atlantic City Press in 2017. Sippey has also held roles in opera companies, festivals, and orchestras across the country, which include a six-year tenure at the Baltimore Symphony where she worked closely with Music Director Marin Alsop.
Sippey’s lifelong love of music began as a pianist, chorister and then a flutist. She received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Michigan State University, and Masters of Flute Performance and Literature and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Sippey describes herself as a devoted advocate of music and its ability to inspire, engage and transform people. She looks forward to being in Omaha, NE where she will be hanging her hat in the Old Market area with her dogs, Max and Polly.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Meg Sippey to the Omaha Symphony’s senior leadership team,” said President and CEO Jennifer Boomgaarden. “She possesses a depth of knowledge and experience with some of the country’s greatest orchestras, and we can’t wait for her to begin her work in this new role. I am confident Meg brings the energy, vision and talent we need to continue breaking barriers in the orchestral field and connecting this community with incredible musical experiences.”
Sippey joins the Omaha Symphony for Ankush Kumar Bahl’s inaugural season as Music Director, which includes a slate of programming rich in contemporary and legacy American composers. The season’s robust offerings include the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Martin Kennedy, as well as Omaha premieres of works from Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Adam Schoenberg and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The Omaha Symphony’s 101st season is also rich with masterworks from Bach, Dvořák, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Gershwin, Martinů and Pärt. Distinguished soloists include clarinetist Anthony McGill, violinist Lara St. John and pianist Aaron Diehl as well as the Omaha Symphony’s own Alexandra Rock, Jason Stromquist, Jim Compton and Nicholas Nelson.
The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to Masterworks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community engagement programs touch the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345-0606 or visit omahasymphony.org. Programs, artists, dates, times, prices, and availability are subject to change.