Education profiles GA
Paul W. Hogle
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Learning
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Years in current position: 6
Years in the field: 24
Joint degree in Music and Business: Music Management.
My first League of American Orchestras seminar in 1984 with Mike Gehret on fundraising set the bar high. . . followed by my generation’s version of Essentials of Orchestra Management with Ralph Black. Every time I went to a League training program, the faculty member was introduced as “a legend.” Turns out, they were.
Executive Director, Evansville Philharmonic
Director of Development, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Director of Development, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Vice President for Development, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Learning, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
That the “white board” that is our work gets wiped clean every night.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
The alluring combination of the music and the realization that, in most cities, the orchestra is the most influential cultural organization. In what other field could a 21-year-old run a $1 million business, with a board populated by that community’s top business and social leaders!
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
My success in this industry is the result of an odd recipe whose ingredients are flash-fried instincts, slow-cooked knowledge, and a zesty cup of hearty stock, all cooked to taste. Translation: If you’re considering joining this field, leave the “chips” at home.
Any other advice?
Some of the most magnificent experiences of my life have been “on the job” at a concert; some of the most profound disappointments in my life have also been on “on the job.” In this field, the highs are mighty and glorious; the lows can be crushingly deep.