Houston Symphony announces new exec director

Fri Jan 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

The Houston Symphony has appointed John Mangum as its new executive director and CEO. Photo; Drew Kelley

The Houston Symphony announced Friday afternoon that it has appointed John Mangum to the position of executive director and CEO. Mangum succeeds Mark C. Hanson, who stepped down from this role in July 2017 to lead the San Francisco Symphony.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining the Houston Symphony at a time when the organization is boldly looking to the future and charting a dynamic course for what an orchestra can be in the 21st century,” said Mangum in a statement released by the symphony. “The Symphony’s impressive artistic partnership with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, one of the most exciting music directors before the public today, and its commitment to being relevant and accessible to everyone in its community resonated powerfully with me. I look forward to working with the Symphony’s outstanding musicians, board and staff to bring unforgettable musical experiences to everyone in this great city.”

Mangum most recently served as president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County since 2014, overseeing all aspects of the Society’s operations. Prior to that post, he served as director of artistic planning with the San Francisco Symphony from 2011 to 2014 and in a similar capacity at the New York Philharmonic from 2009 to 2011.

“We are looking forward to welcoming John to the Houston Symphony family,” said Orozco-Estrada. “I am particularly excited about collaborating with him as the Houston Symphony continues to realize the artistic vision we have been working so hard to achieve.”

“With John’s partnership, as well as his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge he brings from his years of experience with other great orchestras, I know that together we will continue to raise the profile of the Houston Symphony.”

Mangum will take up the Houston Symphony post on April 16.

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