Matthew VanBesien


University Musical Society

Matthew VanBesien was named the president of the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society (UMS) in July 2017, becoming only the seventh president in UMS’s 138-year history. Prior to his tenure at UMS, he served as executive director and then president of the New York Philharmonic since 2012. A former French horn player, he spent eight years performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic before joining the League of American Orchestras’ management fellowship program. Upon completion of that program, he worked with the Houston Symphony for seven years, rising to executive director and CEO for the final four years of his tenure, and then spent two years as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. VanBesien earned a bachelor of music degree in French horn performance from Indiana University. In May 2014 he received an Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music. He serves on the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras.

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