Orchestrate Excellence is delighted to announce that we have new leadership! Kenneth Huber and Linda Daniell Murrell are both currently members of our steering committee and will succeed Laurie Greeno and Paula DeCosse as co-chairs. Paula and Laurie will remain on the steering committee.
Ken Huber, now retired after 22 years as Senior Lecturer in Piano, Carleton College, is a renowned performing concert pianist. In addition to a lifetime of teaching, he has extensive experience in arts administration as well as a demonstrated passion for arts advocacy.
Ken was one of the founding members of Orchestrate Excellence. He initiated some of our most successful projects, including the Community Forum, which gave over 600 Orchestra fans an opportunity to voice their support for a world-class orchestra during the lockout; a Youth Market Research Study, which resulted in significant new marketing strategies, and Symphony and Suds concerts at local micro breweries, which began as an OX pilot and is now part of the Orchestra’s outreach program.
Linda Murrell, a former chamber of commerce executive director, currently owns a small marketing/special events management business, and is an active community volunteer. She has extensive experience in public relations, non-profit administration and fund-raising.
An active member of the Orchestrate Excellence steering committee, Linda also co-chaired Symphony Ball auction committees in 2015 and 2016, coordinating dozens of volunteers in a demanding undertaking that generated over $100,000 for the Orchestra each of the past two years. Linda was also one of 30 participants, along with Ken, Laurie and Paula, in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Marketing Task Force which convened several months after the lockout ended to develop new strategies for improving ticket sales and concert attendance.
Please join us in welcoming Ken and Linda. They already have lots of ideas for continuing and expanding our citizens’ coalition as we work collaboratively with musicians, board, staff and community to help sustain a truly world-class Minnesota Orchestra that is both artistically excellent and financially secure.
We hope you share our gratitude for our Orchestra and for the talented and dedicated leaders who built and continue to lead this phenomenal institution. With the baton in such capable hands, we are tremendously optimistic about the future. See you soon at Orchestra Hall — inspiring music is a perfect antidote for the cacophony of this crazy election season!