Staff and Board
Guy McIntosh is a professional musician, arts advocate, and marketing specialist with a track record for leading arts and education-focused organizations to successfully build audiences, increase revenue and expand their community impact. On July 1, 2020, Guy McIntosh was named Executive Director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
Guy works closely with LSO musicians, staff, and the Board of Directors to continue the Symphony’s goals of artistic excellence, community engagement and educational outreach.
Guy joined the LSO Staff from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. While at the MSO he oversaw a successful digital transformation, updated marketing campaigns and a strong focus on public relations, all of which were credited to the Symphony’s record sales for their 2019-2020 season.
Originally a member of Lancaster Symphony’s trumpet section, Guy uses his experience as a professional musician to be a proponent of making classical arts accessible for all, and to redefine what a professional symphony orchestra should mean to its community.
Guy holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a musician he has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Maryland Lyric Opera, Washington Opera Society, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony, and countless other performing arts organizations around the region.
In his spare time, Guy enjoys experiencing Lancaster’s incredible restaurant scene with his partner StephJo Wise, taking day trips around Lancaster County with StephJo and her son Hugo, and cooking at their home in Lancaster City.
Artistic Operations & Production Director
Bryant Croyle originally joined the LSO staff in 2013 to assist with the development and management of community engagement programs. Now, as the Artistic Operations and Production Director, Bryant calls upon 20 years of experience as a live production professional where he has worked locally and in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bryant is passionate about music and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in music education from Millersville University. He is a respected piano teacher, performer, and choral director. When not making music or helping others to do so, Bryant enjoys cooking, gardening, drinking coffee, and all things peanut butter, especially doughnuts. He, his wife Virginia and son live in Lancaster Township with their two cats.
Marketing & Programs Director
Melinda Myers joined the LSO staff in August 2015. With a background in music business and retail management, she comes with previous symphony and relationship building experience. Melinda was the Librarian and the Administrative Assistant for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Store Manager for The Music & Arts Center in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Currently, Melinda is performing on saxophone and vocals with the Praise Team and in the Hand Bell Choir at her Church where she is also a frequent soloist on saxophone. Her other passions are quilting, knitting, chai tea, and a self-proclaimed foodie with an obsession with the Food Network.
She holds a B.A from Millersville University in Music Business and Technologies. Melinda and her husband, Mark, have a dog, Maggie, and live in Mount Joy, PA.
Patron Services & Office Assistant
Robert Sushinski joins the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra for the 2021 season. With a background in sales and marketing, Robert brings a high level of customer service to our subscribers and guests, while also helping around the office.
Robert, a Lancaster native, served as a French Horn Instrumentalist with the 1st Marine Division Band during his enlistment in the Marine Corps and holds a B.S. from Millersville University in Business Management.
Currently, Robert is a Graduate student at the University of Maryland, pursuing a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Real Estate Development. When Robert isn’t working or studying, he can be found on a golf course, under an old Volkswagen, or on a couch relaxing with his Girlfriend and 2 tuxedo cats Binks and Dale.
Dr. William Wright
Dr. William Wright performs as both conductor and pianist, and has appeared in twenty-seven countries of the world. He joined the Lancaster Symphony as chorusmaster in 2008, and in addition to preparing the chorus for performances of major works with the Lancaster Symphony, he has conducted the orchestra’s Sounds of the Season concerts since 2009. Dr. Wright also serves as director of choral music at Franklin & Marshall College and as a faculty member at Harvard University Summer School. Over the course of his career, he has conducted over forty major choral-orchestra works.
Dr. Wright is a native and long-time resident of Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College where he received the Lincoln Lowell Russell Prize for music performance and the Edward Poole Lay Fellowship for graduate study in music. He earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the Charles Hayes Fellowship.
As pianist, Dr. Wright performs as soloist and chamber musician, and as orchestral pianist for the Lancaster Symphony. Over the past year he has performed numerous solo recitals in Massachusetts, Florida, and Pennsylvania, including a highly successful benefit concert for Tabor Community Services of Lancaster. In recent years he has performed chamber music with principal players of the Charlotte Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony, and appeared at numerous summer music festivals including the Merrywood Music Festival, The Yellowbarn Chamber Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, and The Wellesley College Composers Conference.
In addition to his current positions, Dr. Wright has been a faculty member at Tufts University, Clark University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Roxbury Latin School, and the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dedicated to the Music
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has played for nearly four decades under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. The Symphony has evolved from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into a $1 million organization of professional musicians.
The Symphony’s Sound Discovery Community Engagement Programs feature the nationally-recognized Open Rehearsals. Developed exclusively for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, this interactive experience introduces classical music to students and adults throughout Lancaster County. Sound Discovery’s programs include the Music Discovery Concerts, Gift of Music, Master Classes, Instrument Petting Zoos, Play it Forward, Symphony Library Pass, and Open Rehearsals.
Board of Directors
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra volunteer Board of Directors is made up of a group of exceptional business and community leaders who share a passion for bringing music into the lives of our neighbors in south-central Pennsylvania. Meet them here. *Denotes rostered musician of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra*
Sara Male* – Board Chair
Acting Principal Cello – Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Brent Edmondson* – Secretary
Principal Bass – Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Mary Ellen Davis – Immediate Past Board Chair
Southern Market & Willow Valley Communities
VP, Senior Trust Officer, Ephrata National Bank
Dean’s Professor – Mayes School of Health Policy USP
Neal S. Harnly, MD
Penn Medicine Norlanco Family Practice
Herr & Low – Retired
Caroline S. Morton
Co-founder & Executive Director Emeritus Clinic for Special Children
Coordinator of Music, Art, Humanities & 21st Century Skills – School District of Lancaster
Retired President & CEO of Tabor Community Services of Lancaster
Appel, Yost & Zee, LLP
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