Michelle Miller Burns

President/CEO

Minnesota Orchestra

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Michelle Miller Burns was hired to lead the Minnesota Orchestra as it is earning applause on a global stage. Miller Burns, who came to Minnesota after serving as COO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joined the Minnesota Orchestra on a tour of South Africa in August, just before succeeding Kevin Smith as CEO. He was charged with rebuilding relationships and revamping the organization’s business model after a bruising 15-month musicians’ lockout that ended in 2014. Miller Burns, cited for her fundraising prowess and collaborative style, is expected to provide the financial support that allows the organization to reach its top-level artistic goals.