Posted by Rick Taylor on Jul 09, 2018
Michelle Mullaly has been President & CEO of the Canton Symphony since May 2011. Under her leadership, the Canton Symphony completed a $5.4 million capital campaign to build the Zimmermann Symphony Center. This facility, which was completed in 2014, is the home of the administrative offices of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
During her tenure, the symphony has commissioned and co-commissioned six new works for orchestra. They have collaborated with such world-renowned artists as Andre Watts, Sylvia McNair, Menahem Pressler, Wu Man, Joshua Roman and Béla Fleck and have partnered with other organizations including the Canton Palace Theatre, the Canton Museum of Art, the Massillon Museum, Stark Parks, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Dancing Wheels Company and School. Michelle has created innovative programming including collaborations with local artists such as The Speedbumps and Matt Corey and the Divergent Sound Series in collaboration with 91.3 The Summit and local artists. Her outside-of-the-box programming ideas have drawn new audiences to concerts and has helped the organization receive regional and national attention.
Michelle holds a BA degree in Music History and Theory from Hiram College. She serves on Malone University’s President’s Advisory Council, the Leadership Stark County Alumni Board, as Treasurer for the boards of The Friends of the Summit (91.3 FM) and Stark County Hunger Task Forces’ Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of the 27th Class of Leadership Stark County and is a member of Woman's Impact, Inc. In November 2018, Michelle will be inducted into the Stark County YMCA’s Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2012, YStark, a division of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, honored her as one of the top Twenty Under 40 leaders in Stark County.
She lives in Bath Township with her three children: Benjamin, Nathan and Ryan and a golden retriever named Henry.