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ABOUT THE DAYTON PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE
The DPAA merger was the first of its kind in the nation, and the DPAA remains the only arts organization that combines a professional dance company, opera company, and philharmonic orchestra as one operating entity.
During Helfrich’s 7½ years as president and CEO of DPAA, the organization forged a new, blended organizational culture and was one of only five organizations in the country to receive a prestigious “Music Alive” grant in 2014 from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
“He was a key leader in the merger of the Dayton Philharmonic, Ballet and Opera – a first in the nation which many said could never work; however, Paul brought all three together and we now have the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. He has worked tirelessly over the course of his tenure with our organization, including most recently with the development of the 2020-2021 season, which we will announce on December 31, 2019. We will miss Paul here in Dayton, and we wish him all the best,” Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Board Chairman John Beran said in a news release.
Beran said the DPAA Board will begin a national search to identify Helfrich’s successor.
“We’re confident DPAA’s unique structure and opportunities will be of interest to many highly qualified individuals. We look forward to finding the right individual to work with our artistic directors and staff to take to us an even greater level of success and accomplishment,” he said.
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