Charleston Symphony Orchestra elects Cindy Hartley Board of Directors President

  • Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Board of Directors recently elected Cindy Hartley as the President of the Board of Directors. She replaces outgoing President, Robert Schlau.

Hartley retired as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Sonoco Products Company, a global packaging company. She currently serves on the boards of directors of South Carolina Bank and Trust, Coker College and the Preservation Society of Charleston.

“I am thrilled that Cindy has taken on this new role with the CSO. She has fervor for excellence, an obvious passion for the symphony, and an enthusiasm that seems to be spreading amongst our Board of Directors as well as the Charleston community since her arrival. I'm very much looking forward to working with her, as we share a vision of the incredible possibilities that are ahead for the CSO,” said CSO Executive Director, Michael Smith.

Hartley has been serving on the CSO Board since September 2012, most recently as First Vice President.

“There are so many positives happening with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. We are building upon three years of solid financial results, our artistic programming is strong, our education offerings and outreach in the community are growing and our future overall has never looked brighter,” said Cindy Hartley. “I feel very fortunate to be in this role and part of the CSO family at this exciting juncture.”

In addition to Cindy Hartley, the Board voted in Edward Hart as a new director and as Vice President of Artistic Planning. Hart is Chair of the Department of Music at the College of Charleston. In his role on the Board, he will lead the Artistic Committee and work closely with CSO Acting Artistic Director and Concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker.

“I am delighted that Edward Hart will join the board of directors. Edward is an accomplished composer, great arts leader and a treasure in our community. His musical knowledge will benefit our orchestra and I am so excited to collaborate with him,” said CSO concertmaster and Acting Artistic Director, Yuriy Bekker.

Hartley retired in 2011 as Senior Vice-President for Human Resources from Sonoco Products Company, a $6 billion global packaging company with 20,000 employees. She developed world-class succession planning and talent management processes and has been recognized nationally in periodicals and books for excellence in this area. She was also featured in the Harvard Business Review Case Study entitled “Sonoco Products Company: Building a World-Class HR Organization.” Cindy is currently a director for South Carolina Bank and Trust, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Coker College, the President of the Board of Directors of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and a board member of the Preservation Society of Charleston. She holds a B.A. degree from Roosevelt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Hart's music has been performed in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe including performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Boston, Austria, Argentina, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hart's music was also featured at the opening of the 32nd Annual International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico with President Vicente Fox in attendance. Newspapers such as a.m., Leon, Mexico have described his music as “...spiritual and emotional,” El Pais, Montevideo, Uruguay as “...clearly visual,” Sun-Sentinel, South Florida, as “...well crafted, smartly scored and cast in an accessible style that clearly communicates to audiences,” and the Charleston Post and Courier as having “...great sweep and strong appeal.” His works include concertos for piano and guitar, various orchestral works, chamber music, solo piano compositions, choral music, and art songs. Ensembles that have performed his music include Orquesta de Baja California (Mexico), Philharmonica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine), Symphony of the Americas, Kiev Philharmonic, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra (Austria), the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Upton Trio. He has received many commissions including song cycles for D'Anna Fortunato of the New England Conservatory of Music and Darryl Taylor, founder of the African-American Art Song Alliance, as well as a concerto for Mexican guitar virtuoso Roberto Limon. Most recently, he has completed a new violin concerto entitle Under an Indigo Sky for violinist Yuriy Bekker. Hart's choral music is published by Colla Voce.

Hart is a native of Charleston South Carolina, USA and holds a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina where his primary composition teacher was Gordon “Dick” Goodwin. He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the College of Charleston.

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