Milwaukee, Wis. January 26, 2023 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and President and Executive Director Mark Niehaus announced today that Tom Lindow will be joining the MSO as chief financial officer, and Monica Meyer will become vice president of advancement. These hires will round out the MSO’s executive team, which also saw the promotion of Kathryn Reinardy to vice president of marketing and communications in September of 2022.
Tom Lindow joins the executive team of the MSO having previously held the CFO position with The Marek Group Inc., and most recently at DHI Corp. He has worked at a variety of organizations in a management capacity, including FIS, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Inc., and Northwest & Delta Airlines. During his tenure at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Lindow served as COO, also overseeing finance, administration, properties management, and human resources.
“Tom joins the MSO with deep roots in the Milwaukee community and great enthusiasm for the mission-driven role that the MSO fulfills in our city and region,” said Niehaus. “With the opening of the Bradley Symphony Center and the increasing complexities of running an operating an orchestra as well as a venue, Tom’s experience will be invaluable as we navigate the future.”
Monica Meyer will also join the executive team as vice president of advancement. She brings an extensive background in orchestra administration and leadership, most recently serving as interim executive director for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where she has worked since 2014 and held multiple senior leadership positions. Meyer began her career at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in positions of increasing responsibility over eight seasons. As the first graduate of the West Virginia University School of Music to combine music performance with dual administrative studies, she worked alongside faculty to develop the program’s curriculum for herself and future students.
“Monica brings with her a breadth and depth of experience in the orchestra world,” said Niehaus. “As the MSO continues to build on a solid foundation for the future, Monica will play a key role in engaging our philanthropic community and continuing to establish a sustainable MSO for generations to come.”
Kathryn Reinardy was named vice president of marketing and communications in September 2022. A lifelong Milwaukeean and champion of the performing arts, she has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra marketing team since 2011. Her professional background includes extensive experience in website content, email marketing, social media, advertising, and numerous aspects of the MSO’s strategic communications plans. Most recently, she developed and led the execution of a comprehensive digital strategy to keep the orchestra connected to patrons, students, and the community at large in the face of the global pandemic and shutdown of live performances, while simultaneously playing a key role in the successful opening of the Bradley Symphony Center.
“Kathryn’s years of experience in all facets of marketing and communications at the MSO and a proven track record made her a clear choice for vice president,” said Niehaus. “Kathryn’s collaborative approach, creative thinking, and willingness to take risks will continue to be beneficial to the future and growth of the MSO.”
About the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken-David Masur, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee. The MSO’s 72 full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. Now in its 51st season, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners. The MSO’s standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 70,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, and Family Series.