Irvine, CA

President and Artistic Director

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting the Philharmonic Society of Orange County in the search for a President and Artistic Director who is a gifted arts visionary with strong managerial skills. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

The President and Artistic Director will orchestrate compelling musical events delivered by a stellar array of national and international talent, compel audience engagement, expand education, and ensure that the organization remains fiscally and operationally strong.

Founded in 1954, the Phiharmonic Society is a presenter of world-class musical events at the state-of-the-art concert hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and a leader in the nurturing and development of culture in Orange County. For over 60 years, the Philharmonic Society has presented artists representing the highest possible standards, including such musical luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Yuja Wang, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, and Cecilia Bartoli, to name just a few. Many of the world’s greatest orchestras, chamber groups and choral ensembles have performed in Orange County by invitation of the Philharmonic Society including the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, among dozens of others. In addition to its classical presentations, the Philharmonic Society has a strong commitment to new and multidisciplinary presentations as part of its Eclectic Orange festival and series.

Over the past 60-plus years, millions of children have encountered classical music (many for the first time) through Philharmonic Society’s youth music programs. The Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019-20, and provides orchestral training to middle and high school students throughout the County, offering performance opportunities at the Segerstrom Center, Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, among other leading venues.

With a current budget of $5.2 million (comprising of 66% contributed revenue and 34% earned revenue), the Philharmonic Society is supported by an engaged 25 member Board of Directors and 15 committed staff members. 35,000 patrons annually attend Philharmonic Society concerts and musical events from across Orange County, the state of California, and the country. The Philharmonic Society launched its first-ever fundraising campaign, Philharmonic Forward, in 2015 with a goal of raising $10 million to put a strong financial foundation underneath their activities. After two and a half years, they have secured more than $16 million in cash, pledges, and legacy commitments, with major campaign prospects still outstanding. The goal is to complete the campaign by the end of the 2018-19 season.

For additional information or to apply please contact Mark Oppenheim at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

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