Grosse Pointe War Memorial names DSO veteran as president and CEO

Feb 11, 2014 | Crain's Detroit

By Sherri Welch

Following a national search, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association has named Detroit Symphony Orchestra veteran Charles Burke as its new president and CEO.

Burke, 41, has served as senior director of education and artistic director for the Civic Youth Ensembles at the DSO for the past 15 years.

He succeeds Mark Weber, who retired at the end of 2012 after leading the War Memorial for 31 years. No interim CEO was named. The board's executive oversaw management of organization while it worked with DHR International Inc. to identify a permanent president and CEO, chairman Sue Davies said.

At the DSO, Burke helped to launch its Young People's Concerts, Tiny Tots, Educational Concert Series and Super Saturdays at the Max, programs that regularly reach more than 100,000 students and families per year.

He also oversaw the DSO's Civic Youth Ensembles, which host more than 1,100 students per week in more than 40 ensembles, instructing young musicians in jazz and classical music.

Located along the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial is designated as a state and national historic site.

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association's mission is to honor those who have served in the armed forces by providing educational, civic and patriotic programs, services and facilities to enrich the lives of the surrounding community.

Each year, the institution serves more than 100,000 community members and hosts more than 2,800 functions in multiple disciplines such as dance, art, music, theater, health and personal enrichment.

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