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David Schillhammer, photo provided by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra


Well that was fast. Brevard Symphony Orchestra executive director Fran Delisle barely got out the info that she was retiring when a press release was issued stating the board has already hired her replacement — David Schillhammer, the soon to be former director of the Enzian Theatre in Maitland.

I’m sure Mr. Schillhammer will do a fine job. He served 16 years as director of the Orlando Philharmonic, so he’s got some street ‘cred.

Here’s a quote from him via a press release: “I am honored and humbled to be the next executive director of the BSO, celebrating a milestone season with its 65th anniversary. I have known and followed the success of the orchestra over many years, and am now thrilled to join the team and plot its next chapter, in collaboration with the musicians, board, staff, volunteers, patrons and of course, Music Director Christopher Confessore,” Schillhammer stated.“I have worked with Maestro Confessore for many years and he is an immense artistic talent, programmer, conductor and ambassador for the Brevard Symphony. And I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Fran Delisle, who has steadfastly and with great heart, lead this orchestra for 25 years. Bravo Fran!”

Fran has been a incredible cheerleader, indomitable force and all around smart head of the BSO for decades. Everyone in the cultural community has nothing but high regard and admiration for her. We will be very sorry to see this friendly, warm-hearted soul leave this post.

In the meantime, here’s hoping that the Board of Directors will find an appropriate and loving way of showing respect to Fran Delisle and all the dedication she has shown to this important cultural organization.

Mr. Schillhammer, who has his bachelor in music from the renown Eastman School of Music, will begin his job at the BSO in mid-January. I’ve heard that Fran will help in the transition, especially with one of her favorite endeavors, the annual Fifth Grade Concert.