Welcome, Executive Director Linda Moxley!
“I’m thrilled to be joining Sarasota Concert Association’s extraordinary team,” says Moxley. “Dedicated to continuing SCA’s mission to bring world-renowned classical artists and orchestras to the region, I look forward to becoming immersed in Sarasota’s rich and vibrant tapestry of arts and culture.”
Linda Moxley has been selected as Sarasota Concert Association’s first executive director and starts on October 26, 2020. Moxley currently serves as vice president of marketing and communications for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where she is responsible for generating more than $8 million annually in ticket revenue.
“Linda has served in arts leadership positions for over 30 years,” says Joy McIntyre, SCA’s board president. “She comes to us with extensive, hands-on executive experience and a profound grasp of the transformative impact the arts can have on a region’s cultural and economic foundation. Linda is a splendid choice and we are delighted to welcome her.”
SCA has been run by a volunteer board of musicians, educators and business people throughout its 76-year history. Why change now?
“The 75th anniversary season was a milestone event for SCA,” explains McIntyre. “As we embark on our next era, we sought a seasoned leader with savvy business and marketing experience who can oversee our administrative process, programs, marketing, and strategic plans.”
According to McIntyre, it took several months to find such a visionary leader. SCA’s search committee considered candidates from across the nation. The names were impressive. But Linda Moxley stood out.
“Linda bridges the gap between culture and community,” says McIntyre. “She has a deep understanding of classical music. She has an equal mastery of the organizational support system that makes the music happen. We are confident that Linda will lead SCA to new milestones going forward!”
Before her tenure with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Linda Moxley served as executive director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society; was the marketing and public relations director with the Atlanta Symphony; and associate director of marketing and public relations, and Pops coordinator with the San Francisco Symphony. She was also president of Moxley Communications, providing marketing, fundraising, and PR consultation to regional and national clients, including performing arts organizations, museums, and universities.
In addition to her extensive experience in branding, strategic planning, marketing campaign development, ticket sales campaigns and fundraising, Linda Moxley has also handled publicity for concert tours in Europe, Asia and the United Kingdom. She has served on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the American Marketing Association, Chorus America, and the National Academy of Recording, Arts and Sciences, as well as the marketing committees of Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership and Visit Baltimore. Moxley also taught arts management courses as an adjunct professor at Goucher College, and has conducted marketing and PR seminars in New York City for the League of American Orchestras, and in Ufa, Russia, for the League of Russian Orchestras. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and piano from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a master’s degree in arts management from the University of Cincinnati.
2020-2021 Board of Directors
Joy McIntyre, President
Dale Anderson, First Vice-President, President-Elect
Gail Berenson, Second Vice-President
Mara Winn, Secretary
Robert Dove, Treasurer
Gant McCloud, Artist Selection Chair
Emeritus Board Members
Lee Dougherty Ross
SCA Advisory Council
In 2019, the Sarasota Concert Association launched the Advisory Council composed of a group of musical professionals. These individuals bring a wealth of perspectives, insights, and expertise to SCA. Their long involvement with the music industry richly demonstrates their commitment to the arts as an essential part of the human experience. Each will be instrumental in offering meaningful guidance as our organization moves forward.
David Cerone – violinist, pedagogue, adjudicator, and former president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. David served on the SCA Board for seven years.
Samuel C. Dixon – Executive and Artistic Director of Spivey Hall in Atlanta.
Russell Gant – host and director of WUSF’s classical music programming.
Ann Hobson Pilot – for 40 years principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, now resident in Osprey, FL Ann is also a BUTI faculty member.
Frank Salomon – senior administrator of Music Marlboro and, through Frank Salomon Associates, a representative of great classical musicians.
Joseph Volpe – former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera and current executive director of the Sarasota Ballet.
Edward L. Alley
We mourn the loss of Edward L. Alley, a member of the Sarasota Concert Association’s Advisory Council. Ed passed away unexpectedly on July 12. He was a manager of the New York Philharmonic and music administrator for the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation. In Sarasota, Ed served in many capacities, working with the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota. Most recently, Ed was the producer and genial host of SILL’s “Music Monday” series. He was a fount of musical knowledge and, when combined with his sociable nature and interest in people, Ed Alley made the perfect host.
A Special Message from SCA President, Joy McIntyre
It is during times like this that I am profoundly grateful I am in the music business. Now, more than ever, we need music to fill the gaps in our hearts and lives as we navigate this global pandemic.
Although live performances may be suspended for the present, that will not last forever. The goal is to find that right moment in time where performers and audiences can come together safely for the incomparable experience of a live concert. We, like other arts organizations, will be guided by state, city and federal authorities.
As I read reports from the music industry, I am noticing how innovative musicians and presenters have become. Many are devising new ways to reach out to audiences through electronic pathways. This burst of creative energy will doubtless influence music delivery methods in the future.
We are closely monitoring evolving developments here and throughout the country.
Every music-presenting organization has unique organizational structures. Fortunately, the SCA has a certain flexibility. If artists or ensembles should cancel during the season, we would make every effort to offer replacement artists. In the event that is not possible, refunds will be available.
Although we cannot know what the circumstances will be six months from now, we are optimistic, confident in American ingenuity and resilience. Given time and wise counsel, we will overcome this crisis!
Music is important. It touches a place beyond words. The experience of music unites us all, without prejudice or preference. To learn more about ticketing options please contact Theresa, our box-office manager, at 941-225-6500 or boxoffice@SCAsarasota.org. Note that our standard policy is to make refunds available for any reason prior to December 31st. We look forward to seeing you next season!
The Sarasota Concert Association box office is open M-F, 10 am to 4 pm
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