Benjamin Loeb
pianist | conductor


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Executive and Administrative Experience

Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Executive Director, 2013 (Jan.) – 2017 (June) 

• Chief operating and executive officer of $2.2 mil budget grown from $1.8 mil

• Manages staff of 11 (2 part-time)

• Advises Board of 32 on all matters of policy and proposes course of action

• Oversees and envisions strategy for all development, marketing and operations within the stated mission of organization

• Successfully managed major staff replacements with upgrades to efficiency and reduced payroll

• Implemented CRM and online ticketing system increasing revenue, improving communication with patrons, and streamlining staff workload

• Negotiated two 3-year CBAs with musicians with favorable recording clause and slowed salary growth

• Balanced budget and created operational surpluses for first time in over 10 years through expense controls and strategically increased fundraising

• Planned an enhanced 100th anniversary season including engaging Yo-Yo Ma for Gala concerto concert and Garrick Ohlsson to open season which is created first surplus (7%) in QCSO history

• Expanded Youth Ensembles program to include Youth Choir that had 50 members in the first season and first full-time Youth Orchestra Music Director/Assistant Conductor

• Envisioned and implemented the successful creation of a private lesson program in partnership with local school districts utilizing QCSO musicians with full foundational and individual funding

• Collaborated with Board to grow endowment (currently at $9.3 mil)

• Expanded Chamber series from 3 to 6 concerts with surplus class P&L

Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Executive Director, 2010-2012 

• Chief operating and executive officer of 580K budget

• Managed staff of 4 (3 part-time)

• Overall responsibility for all operations, development, and marketing

• Advised Board of 41 on all matters of policy and proposes course of action

• Manage and supervise all concert production, personnel, financial oversight and accounting, marketing and community relations, funding and development, and education and outreach.

El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, Executive Director, 2005-2009 

• Proposed and successfully implemented vision of structure and mission of the orchestra system for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra

• Formed 15-member EPSYOs Board in conjunction with El Paso Symphony Association Board and led regular staff and Board meetings

• In collaboration with EPSO executive administration and EPSYOs Board created and implemented short- and long-range budget of over 400K with each of three years showed a 30% increase in budget size with a 15-20% surplus

• Personally responsible for over 300K in individual and corporate donations

• Wrote and secured grants, including a $15,000 NEA Learning in the Arts grant and a 2009 $25,000 NEA Stimulus Grant

• Designed short and long-range calendar in conjunction with other community arts organizations

• Designed publicity material, wrote press releases, and oversaw the development and maintenance of the website

• Canvassed and addressed all high school and middle school music program within 60-mile radius of El Paso

• Auditioned over 500 young musicians and devised and implemented financial aid guarantee

• Hired additional staff including Administrative Director, Communications Director and staff conductors

• Coordinated all PR including personal appearances on TV and radio and extensive newspaper interviews

• Served as Music Director, conducting all groups for first year, and top group only after that

International Conducting Workshop and Festival, Artistic Director, 2002-present

• Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of conducting workshop program (1-3 presented annually)

• Manages annual budget of 120k

• Hires all conducting faculty that has included Gustav Meier, Carl St. Clair, Otto Werner Mueller, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Rossen Milanov

• Over 400 different conductors from 27 countries have attended participated

• Planned and contracted all operations from US with orchestras in Czech, Bulgaria, Mexico and within the US

• Conducted concert and performed piano on chamber music series with guest artists, host orchestra members, and conducting participants

• Implemented marketing plan and organized complete schedule of events


Performance Experience with Administrative Responsibilities:

Music Director, New Hampshire Music Festival, 2011

Music and Executive Director, El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, 2005-2009

Associate Conductor, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, 2006-2008

Director of Orchestras, Music Institute of Chicago, 2007

Music Director, El Paso Children’s Choir, 2005-2007

Assistant Conductor, Todi Music Fest (Portsmouth, VA), 2004-2006

Assistant Conductor, El Paso Opera, 2004, 2005

Assistant Conductor, Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C), 2001-2005

Assistant Conductor, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, 2003-2005

Guest Assistant Conductor, Rutgers University Orchestra, 2002-2003

Resident Conductor, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, 2002, 2003


Self-managed professional Pianist:

Booked and managed recitals in major cities around the world – New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Montevideo

Booked and managed Concerto performances with Alan Gilbert (Harvard and Boston Pops); JoAnn Falletta (Winston-Salem Symphony); Carl St.Clair (New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia), Eduardo Zuber (OSIDEM); Jacob Chi (OFECH)

Booked and managed recordings on Naxos – Joplin Rags (solo); Mozart Violin Sonatas (Takako Nishizaki); Busoni complete works (Joseph Lin); Korngold complete works (Joseph Lin); Opera Fantasies and Transcriptions Volumes 1 and 2 (Livia Sohn)

Festivals attended include Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Cabrillo, Taos, Sarasota, Angel Fire, SMU Conservatory


Service and Board Membership

Temple Emanuel Davenport, 2015-present

Rotary Davenport, 2014-present

KCOS-TV (El Paso Public TV), Board Member, 2008-2013

Rotary El Paso, 2005-2013

El Paso Independent School District Superintendent’s Special Strategic Planning Committee for the Arts