Detroit Symphony Orchestra Names New Fundraiser Director


DETROIT — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has promoted Scott Harrison to vice president for Advancement and External Relations.

Harrison joined the DSO in 2010 as the senior director of patron engagement and loyalty programs. In 2013, Scott was promoted to executive director of board engagement and strategy, where he served as the chief engagement officer in pursuit of fully activated and deployed governance body members.

As vice president for Advancement and External Relations, Harrison will lead the DSO’s communication and advancement teams tasked with meeting the DSO’s gift and grant requirements for general operating support, endowment, and other special needs. He will continue to build one-to-one relationships with the orchestra’s highest value patrons, funders, and sponsors and support the DSO leadership in strategic fundraising and planning initiatives. His team will include a united fund development team and the digital and traditional communications professionals.

Before joining the DSO, Harrison was the associate director of marketing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also spent several years managing community programs for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has also worked for the Boston and Dallas symphony orchestras.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Harrison earned a BA in political science and a BM in bassoon performance from Northwestern University. He holds his MM in bassoon performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.