MEET OUR STAFF
Ben Richgruber - Executive Director
Ben holds a Comprehensive Theatre Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  Since then, he has honed his entertainment skills by teaching at the Disney Institute and performing with numerous improvisational comedy groups, including Eau Claire's very own BareBones Ensemble Theatre.

He has played a key role in the Confluence Project, a public-private partnership working to bring a new $50M performing arts center to downtown Eau Claire.  The shared facility will be used by both the community and the university, and will serve as a cultural destination for the region and beyond.

His additional business experience includes managing two hotels in the Madison, WI market and has assisted in the opening, renovation, and acquisition of six other hotel properties across Wisconsin. Ben is also a proud partner in The Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire.

Most importantly, Ben firmly believes in the questionable practice of hiring artists as administrators, as his own position in arts management allows both sides of his brain to finally co-exist in peace.  Contact him at: ben@cvsymphony.org


James Forer - Finance Director
Jim is a performing member (viola) of the CVSO since moving to Eau Claire area in 1985, and has been active in management of Symphony since 1988. He has been the past president, treasurer, and is currently the Finance Director and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the CVSO. Jim and his wife Kathleen often assist, the Friends of the Symphony group to help promote the CVSO, and frequently bring their grandchildren (Allyson and Jaren Meyer) to concerts.
Contact him at: jim@cvsymphony.org


Susan Halderman - Personnel Manager
                                                                     Bio and picture coming soon!