Friday, January 20, 2023 (Ann Arbor, MI) — A longtime member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s administrative team has retired after 35 years of service. Business Manager Lori Zupan first joined the A²SO’s staff in 1988, and managed nearly every department in existence during her time with the Symphony. Through four Music Directors, five Executive Directors, hundreds of board and staff members, and thousands of musicians, Zupan worked as part of a small team to present decades worth of concerts, outreach programs, and educational initiatives throughout southeast Michigan.
“It’s been such a joy to play an integral part in bringing the music of the A²SO to southeast Michigan for so many years,” Zupan says. “Now I’m looking forward to this next chapter: enjoying the Symphony’s upcoming concerts as a member of the audience!”
For A²SO Executive Director Sarah Calderini, Zupan leaves a rich legacy with the Symphony: “The A²SO has been so fortunate to have the support of such a dedicated staff member as Lori for 35 years. In so many ways, she embodies all the best of what a long-term team member can be: a valued partner and friend to so many organizational leaders and staff, board directors, musicians, partner organizations, and the wider Ann Arbor community. We will miss her good and steady nature, her institutional memory, and her passion for the mission of all that the Symphony has been and will be for years to come.”
Carol Sewell, A²SO Board President, comments: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Lori for 35 incredible years of committed, expert and joyful service to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. So much of who we are, and what we do, is thanks to Lori’s indelible mark on our organization. We are so grateful to her and so pleased to know we have a friend and advocate in Lori as she moves into retirement. We wish her and her husband the absolute best in this next phase of their lives.”
In recent years, the A²SO navigated the turbulent waters of the Covid-19 pandemic while presenting virtual concerts filmed at notable Ann Arbor-area locations. As in-person concerts got back underway in 2021, the Symphony concluded a multi-year quest to secure its 14th Music Director, as six finalists presented full-orchestra programs at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and The Michigan Theater. In June of 2022, the A²SO announced award-winning conductor Earl Lee as its new Music Director, the first person of Asian descent to receive the coveted Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award and the current Assistant Conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Lee and the Symphony present nine MainStage concerts across the 2022-23 season, joined by soloists including Steinway Artist Inon Barnatan, Tchaikovsky Competition medalist Kyung Sun Lee, GRAMMY® nominee Cody Fry, and numerous choirs and vocal groups.