Operations profiles OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Years in current position: 2.5
Years in the field: 11
Bachelor’s in Music
M.A., M.B.A., Arts Administration
Artist Liaison/Production Assistant, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Production Manager, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
It is a privilege to work daily with world-class musicians, stage crew, and staff. Every week is different—diverse music, guest artists, conductors, even different cities and countries. I thrive on juggling the day-to-day details, solving problems that inevitably occur with any job, remaining financially responsible while still enjoying myself along the way.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
In my case, it was “who” inspired me: my high school band director. He told me that I wouldn’t be happy unless I someday worked in the music field. As a flutist who grew up performing in bands and orchestras, and someone who always enjoyed organizing things, it was a natural fit.
What were you first steps toward an orchestra career?
Reading Symphony Magazine and applying for the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. I was first alternate in 1996.
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
Complete an internship with an orchestra or music festival.
Any other advice?
Do it! Music changes lives.