Lacey Huszcza, executive director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, has been named the new executive director of the Richmond Symphony.
She succeeds David J.L. Fisk, who left the symphony in August to become executive director of the Charlotte Symphony.
Huszcza, a 41-year-old native of Cañon City, CO, is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Pepperdine University. She has held a succession of administrative positions with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, becoming its executive director in December 2018. Prior to her Las Vegas years, she held administrative posts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, also serving as a board member and officer of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.
“Lacey brings with her an energetic commitment to digital innovation and an unusually rich and varied range of experience in arts management,” George L. Mahoney, chairman of the Richmond Symphony board, said in a statement announcing Huszcza’s appointment. “She was named one of Musical America’s top 30 professionals in 2018 and has been recognized for her efforts to expand the diversity of America’s orchestras.”
Jeri Crawford, Mahoney’s counterpart at the Las Vegas Philharmonic, lauded Huszcza’s “vital role in re-imagining how we deliver on our commitment to music, culture and education during the pandemic.”
In the statement, Huszcza said she is “particularly excited to join an organization with so many wonderful initiatives already in progress, like the Richmond Symphony School of Music, and look forward to building new ways to connect the arts to the community.”