Stephen Zapf and John Stoner

Stoner Retires as Conn-Selmer President, Zapf Takes Over

Conn-Selmer has announced that John Stoner, president and CEO, has retired. Stephen Zapf has been chosen to take over as president and CEO.

Stoner has been with Conn-Selmer for 17 years, and during his tenure has made a significant impression on the music industry. Ben Steiner, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Steinway Musical Instruments said, "John helped to transform the landscape of Conn-Selmer."

He added that Stoner leveraged the impact of the company not only within the music industry but also in the field of music education.
"(Stoner's departure) leaves a profound footprint and legacy," he said.

"I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to work with all of the employees of Conn-Selmer, all the dealers, educators and artists in this incredible industry," Stoner said. "I am extremely proud of all that Conn-Selmer has accomplished during my tenure and that we have been able to continue the legacy of producing musical instruments in the United States. I would like to thank everyone for the support, guidance and encouragement you have provided me during my 17 years with the company. Although I will miss everyone and the company, I am looking forward to the next chapter that lies in front
of me."

Stephen Zapf has been named Conn-Selmer's next president and CEO. His great-grandfather and grandfather started Zapf's Music in Philadelphia in 1928, and Zapf's love for music and the music industry was born at an early age. Zapf started which was eventually sold to Guitar Center. Most recently, Zapf served as president of Music & Arts.

In a statement, Zapf said, "John has been a friend and tireless supporter of music education for many years; he leaves big shoes to fill and I know that we will all miss him. It is my honor to build on his legacy and lead Conn-Selmer through a new era of growth and innovation in music around the globe. I am fortunate to inherit a great team and have access to necessary resources to reinvest in a suite of iconic brands including Selmer, Bach, Conn, Ludwig, Musser, Leblanc and more."