Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
Appointment of Art Bloom As
New Chief Operating Officer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 17, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Art Bloom as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO position is a new two-year temporary appointment.

The role of the COO will be to provide leadership and management for all aspects of day-to-day operations of the Symphony, which will allow the President and CEO to focus on strategic initiatives that are essential for the success of the organization. For the duration of the appointment, the COO will be an integral member of the Symphony’s executive leadership team, reporting to the President and CEO, and working closely with the Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to have Art joining our team for the next two years,” said E. Merritt Vale, President and CEO of the Symphony. “He brings great energy, enthusiasm, and a wealth of experience to our organization as we launch our 70th Anniversary Season and at a time when we are focusing on a number of transformational strategic initiatives.”

Art Bloom

After graduating from Washington and Lee University, Bloom began his career as an investment counselor with Wheat First Securities. He later served as co-president of a chain of furniture stores and as a retail advertising manager for Wachovia. Bloom was founder and president of The Bloom Agency, a successful Winston-Salem based marketing, advertising, and public relations firm. In 2014, he sold the agency to one of his trusted employees and began a consulting business. This led him to obtain certifications in business coaching and valuations. Bloom finds time to serve as Cantorial Soloist for Temple Emanuel, to conduct sing-alongs for Centenary United Methodist’s respite care program, to accompany and co-direct the Arbor Acres Sharps & Flats singers, to perform in musical theater, to serve on several local and national boards, and to compose music and musical scores. A tireless learner, he was licensed as a Series 7 Securities Trader, a North Carolina Real Estate Agent and Broker, and an AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer.

Bloom assumes his new position as COO effective Monday, June 20, 2016 and can be reached at

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, will begin its 70th anniversary season in September 2016. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes a special 70th anniversary opening concert featuring André Watts, Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information, visit

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.