Jonathan Parrish is the Executive Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and former Executive Director of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and General Manager of Chamber Music Hawaii. In all three organizations, he served as a performer prior to taking the executive leadership role. With both the HSO and CMH, growth and diversity of programming, attendance, and increased earned revenue were hallmarks of his tenures.
Prior to performing in and leading the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan was a member of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, DC and Principal Horn in the Harrisburg Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and National Chamber Orchestra for five years. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and James Madison University and has performed with the Baltimore, National, New Haven, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Richmond symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City.
Mr. Parrish was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has played for a number of Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and the King and I at the Kennedy Center, Man of La Mancha in Baltimore, Into the Woods in Washington, Wicked in Honolulu, and the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde in New York City. Other New York activities have included The Music Festival of the Hamptons, Washington Square Summer Music Festival, and Rutgers' Summerfest. In Honolulu, he performed with Chamber Music Hawaii's Spring Wind Quintet, with which he has toured internationally.