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.”
We’re thrilled to welcome Linda Moxley as Sarasota Concert Association’s (SCA) new executive director. She may be new to SCA—but she’s not new to our area. Linda first visited Sarasota in 1990, when the Atlanta Symphony performed here on a concert tour. “I was the orchestra’s marketing director,” Linda recalls. “I remember the concert was at the Van Wezel, but that was all I got to see of Sarasota.”
Fast forward to 2013 when Linda returned to Sarasota for vacation. “I felt an instant connection,” she says. “I discovered a thriving cultural scene and the richness of Sarasota’s arts community really inspired me.” Though Linda regularly attended theater, dance, and art exhibitions in New York, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, her professional experience has been primarily in classical music.
A native of Long Island, she holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a master’s in arts management from the University of Cincinnati. Linda most recently served as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She’s also held roles as the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Executive Director and served in marketing and public relations positions with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony. Linda has taught arts management courses, and led marketing seminars, including teaching 40 Russian orchestras how American orchestras conduct marketing and fundraising campaigns.
According to Joy McIntyre, SCA’s board president, Linda’s track record got the attention of SCA’s search committee. Their quest for the organization’s first executive director had yielded a long list of impressive candidates. But Linda Moxley’s name stood out. “We knew Linda was the one,” says Joy. “She bridges the gap between culture and community. She has a deep understanding of classical music. She has an equal mastery of the organizational support system that makes the music happen. Thanks to her natural curiosity, Linda already had a deep grasp of our area’s cultural landscape. Our search was at an end!”
Linda brings to Sarasota her love of music and a few prized musical instruments, including a Kawai baby grand piano, a few accordions and a didgeridoo. How does Linda feel about stepping into her new role? “I’m honored and thrilled,” she says. “Thirty years after my first visit to Sarasota, I not only get to live here, but I have the privilege of working with SCA’s wonderful team.”
According to Joy, “Linda is taking the helm at an unprecedented time. This pandemic is a trial by fire for arts organizations everywhere. But we’ve got an amazing woman to lead us through it.”
The SCA audience longs to hear great music again. Linda knows how they feel. “It’s been a very long ten months without the ability to attend performances the way we did a year ago,” she says. “We all look forward to enjoying the arts again. As soon as we safely can, SCA will continue to delight our audience with the world-class classical music they love.”
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.
A Special Message from SCA President, Joy McIntyre
Musing on Time
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
People have been musing on time since time began, from Genesis to Charles Dickens. As we know only too well, we also have been living in challenging times. But, now, with vaccines on the horizon, the future looks so much brighter. I am positively energized and thrilled about plans for our upcoming cultural seasons.
We were very sorry to cancel our entire Great Performers Series season, but it was necessary to protect both artists and audience. Plans are now being made to bring back some of those wonderful musicians in the 2022 season.
As the cultural landscape continues to evolve, we are extremely fortunate to have Linda Moxley, formerly VP of Marketing and Communications for the Baltimore Symphony, join our team as our first-ever executive director. As we all pause for a metaphorical deep breath, just know this: good times are on the way... and, with your help, the SCA is preparing for another 75 years of great music making!
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