Chad Smith Appointed President and CEO of BSO

Good News for Boston

By: - May 16, 2023

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced the appointment of Chad Smith, one of the country’s leading orchestral music executives, as the institution's next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective early fall 2023.

During this tenure, Smith led the LA Phil's artistic and business teams to propel record financial growth year-upon-year and invest in visionary programs to foster a culturally diverse talent pipeline and expand new audiences.

As the Julian and Eunice Cohen President and CEO of the BSO, Smith will manage the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons,  the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, and Tanglewood, bringing a unique blend of experience both as an artist and a seasoned executive for some of the world’s most beloved arts organizations. Relying on that insight and experience, Smith will be charged with sustaining the BSO's international reputation for orchestral excellence and establishing a premier slate of programming initiatives to foster renewed arts appreciation among audiences and deepen the institution's community and civic engagement. The appointment marks

Smith will return to Boston, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and an undergraduate degree in history at Tufts University.

Berkshire Fine Arts last spoke with him about performing Pierre Boulez's Repons on the tennis courts at Ojai.  He is adventuresome.