David Whitehill

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra has a new executive director.


Daniel Crupi comes to Asheville from the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra in New Mexico, where he served two years as executive director. Before that, Crupi spent more than five years in various roles with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Crupi earned his master’s degree in music from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2013.



John Warner

Nearly a year after announcing his departure and eight months after rescinding that departure, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s executive director now says he's, indeed, leaving.

David Whitehill is moving to Canton, Ohio, to become the President and CEO of ArtsinStark, a nonprofit arts council focusing on children, the workforce and creating healthier communities in Stark County. Whitehill and ArtsinStark separately announced the move on Sunday.   

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is holding onto its executive director, after all.

David Whitehill, who held his role with the orchestra since 2012, had announced in March that he would leave this summer for a similar position with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. But on

Tuesday, Whitehill said his sense of responsibility led him to remain in Asheville—with the blessing of the orchestra’s board—to see the orchestra through and beyond the Coronavirus pandemic.