Brevard Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of David Schillhammer as its new executive director. Schillhammer replaces Fran Delisle, who is retiring this season after 25 years in that role.  Schillhammer, a veteran orchestra administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, begins in mid-January 2019.

Schillhammer was hired at the conclusion of a national search by an Executive Director Search Committee appointed by BSO Chairperson Charlie Nash and the BSO Board’s Executive Committee.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next executive director of the BSO, celebrating a milestone season with its 65th anniversary. I have known and followed the success of the orchestra over many years, and am now thrilled to join the team and plot its next chapter, in collaboration with the musicians, board, staff, volunteers, patrons and of course, Music Director Christopher Confessore,” Schillhammer stated.“I have worked with Maestro Confessore for many years and he is an immense artistic talent, programmer, conductor and ambassador for the Brevard Symphony. And I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Fran Delisle, who has steadfastly and with great heart, lead this orchestra for 25 years. Bravo Fran!”

Prior to joining the Brevard Symphony, Schillhammer was executive director of Enzian Theater in Maitland.   He also served as executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic for 16 years and held the same position with the San Antonio Symphony. During his time with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Schillhammer was its operations and education manager before being promoted to general manager.

“I am a great believer in the value of experience and expertise. David’s decades of experience as an Orchestra Executive Director, along with his infectious enthusiasm and ability to motivate and inspire people, made him the obvious and unanimous choice to become our next Executive Director,” said Confessore. “I look forward to working with David and our musicians, board, volunteers, and staff to extend the reach of our organization throughout our community.”

“Our BSO has received so many blessings, which include the wonderful services rendered by our retiring Executive Director, Fran Delisle, and the beginning of the tenure of our incoming Executive Director, David Schillhammer,” said BSO Board Chair Charlie Nash.

Schillhammer received his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.  His first job was production manager for the Rochester Philharmonic.  He is a native of Burlington, Vermont.

  • I will be forever grateful to our retiring Executive Director, Fran Delisle, for her 25 years of dedicated leadership of the BSO. We would not be the organization we are today were it not for Fran's commitment to and love of the BSO. During her tenure, we celebrated important anniversaries, performed with legendary artists Itzhak Perlman and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed in unique venues throughout our community, including concerts at the Kennedy Space Center's Apollo/Saturn V Center and Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission Zone.

    Christopher Confessore
    Music Director & Principal Conductor
    Brevard Symphony Orchestra
  • I had the privilege of attending a recent concert and witnessed two important issues.   The first was the collaboration with the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra, underscoring the Symphony’s commitment to community and education.  The second was a most powerful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, performed by the talented musicians of the Brevard Symphony.  I instantly realized that I would be so proud to represent this fine orchestra and organization. 

    I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee for their diligence and professionalism during the process, again solidifying my desire to work with an engaged board, dedicated to the success of the Brevard Symphony.    And I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Fran Delisle, who has steadfastly and with great heart, lead this orchestra for 25 years.   Bravo Fran! 

    David Schillhammer
    David Schillhammer
    Incoming BSO Executive Director
  • David Schillhammer's appointment as the new Executive Director is an incredible opportunity for the BSO!  I am thrilled our new Executive Director has this depth of experience and shares our vision of artistic excellence, engagement in school music programs, service to our community and commitment to the well being of all who work for and support the BSO, especially our musicians!  I know David's work as Executive Director will ensure BSO' s longevity and purposeful service to our community.  This is an exciting time for the BSO and our community!  

    Anita Juilianna
    BSO Musician, Oboe/English Horn
  • I am excited that the BSO has been able to partner with David Schillhammer in his new role as Executive Director. I wish Fran Delisle well and thank her for her long years of service. She could not be leaving the BSO in more capable hands. I look forward to the BSO achieving even greater things in the years to come.

    Kevin Smith
    Co-Chair of the BSO Search Committee
  • It has been my privilege to be the Executive Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years.  The opportunity to work with Chris Confessore, the BSO musicians, the BSO staff, the King Center, and thousands of volunteers and community members has been the greatest joy of my life.  I see a bright and successful future for the organization and wish David all the best.

    Fran S. Delisle
    Current BSO Executive Director


The BSO is Brevard’s premier professional orchestra.  For 65 years, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra has brought quality performances, educational programs and outreach events to the community. The Orchestra’s mission is to entertain and enrich individuals and communities, by creating exceptional, live symphonic music.  The BSO is orchestra-in-residence at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida.   For more information, visit the organization’s website at