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Tucson Symphony Orchestra Names Thomas J. McKinney President and CEO

Thomas J. McKinney has been named President and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra it was announced today by Board Chair Cecile Follansbee.

Mr. McKinney was appointed Vice President of Development in September 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. He has worked in strategic business development, fundraising and program development/implementation for several organizations, most recently for ten years as President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Minnesota, where he and his team led the foundation in growth of funds raised and wishes granted. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Capella University. Music plays an important role in his life, with one of his children being an accomplished percussionist.

Under Mr. McKinney’s leadership corporate sponsorships, foundation support and individual giving have experienced significant growth and he was heavily involved with the symphony’s new three-year strategic plan to engage, educate and transform our community with music. 

“Tom’s experience in development and management makes him a perfect fit for the TSO,” commented Follansbee. “His love of this community, his belief in the power of music and strong leadership skills are exactly right for the Tucson Symphony at this time.”

Mr. McKinney, a New England native, […]

Yo-yo Ma Returns To The Tucson Symphony Orchestra For First Performance In 8 Years

Reigning cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma will perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2009 one night only on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall.

Music Director José Luis Gomez Announces Inaugural Season

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Debussy’s Afternoon Of A Faun And Mozart’s Violion Concerto No. 4 Among Works Showing His Artistic Journey


Gil Shaham, Rachel Barton Pine, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko and Arturo Sandoval among Featured Soloists


All New Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II for Thanksgiving Holiday

And 2 Special All Souls Procession Weekend Performances


(Tucson, AZ)— José Luis Gomez has programmed music reflecting his life’s musical journey for his inaugural season as Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. His choices are important, beautiful and even surprising.


         Maestro Gomez will open the season celebrating the great Venezuelan composer Inocente Carreño with Margariteña and conclude with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” music that he has performed since his youth. The opening will also feature Zhang Zuo, the award-winning young pianist hailed by the Los Angeles Times for her “powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry,” performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The 2017-18 season will end on a triumphant note with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” with four top soloists and the Tucson Symphony Chorus and a children’s chorus performing the magnificent “Ode to Joy.”


         Other season highlights include Debussy’s […]