Meet the Executive Director – Jonathan Winkle
RSO Executive Director
Jonathan Winkle is an accomplished educator, performer, and arts administrator. In addition to his recent appointment as Interim Executive Director of the Racine Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Winkle is Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Music Director of the Metropolitan Symphony, as part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra programs.
As an arts administrator, Mr. Winkle served as Executive & Artistic Director of Performance Santa Fe, President & CEO of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, and Executive Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was Vice President of Community Engagement for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to having performed regularly as a substitute/extra musician with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he performed with Present Music for 20 years, and has held tenor trombone and bass trombone positions with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Los Colinas-Garland Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, Music Under the Stars, Knoxville Wind Symphony, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the East Side Jazz Orchestra in Dallas-Fort Worth, Director of the Starliner Big Band, and performed regularly with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra. In addition, he has performed for many of the touring Broadway productions as part of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway Across America series over the past 25 years.
Mr. Winkle was the Manager of the Edwards Instrument Co., a division of the Getzen Company, where he participated directly in instrument design, sales and marketing, and worked extensively with members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Mr. Winkle serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras and the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. Previously, he has served on the Board’s and Executive Committee’s of the International Trombone Association, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Arts Wisconsin, Present Music, and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Winkle is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and Carthage College. He completed all coursework and recitals toward a DMA in trombone performance at the University of North Texas.