Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts
Ralph P. Craviso, Head of Performing Arts Administration program
Henry Fogel was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in July, 2009, a school at which he has taught a course in orchestral studies since 2002. In addition, he continues to provide a limited amount of consulting for musical organizations, working as a part of the Catherine French Group. He has been an artistic consultant to the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil since 2008, and in the summer of 2012 he was engaged for a consultancy at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Mr. Fogel has had a long and varied career in music administration. From 2003-2008 he was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. He retired from that position in 2008, but remained as a senior advisor through 2009. During his seven years with the League, he visited over 190 orchestras in America. Under his leadership the League attained fiscal stability, fully paying off a $1.2 million accumulated deficit and operating in the black for each year of his Presidency. In addition, the League undertook a major strategic planning process, resulting in a more effective and responsive service organization for the field.
From 1985-2003, Mr. Fogel was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership the Orchestra’s endowment increased from $19 million to over $160 million, and he oversaw the $125 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. In addition to maintaining its artistic supremacy, the Chicago Symphony during Mr. Fogel’s term dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs. Fifteen of the eighteen years in which he served saw balanced budgets or surpluses, and during his time there attendance to classical subscription concerts increased by more than 20%.
From 1981-1985, Mr. Fogel was Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and from 1978-1981 he was Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic. From 1963-1978, he was Program Director and Vice-President of WONO, a full-time classical music commercial radio station in Syracuse, New York.
He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia College in Chicago. In 1999 Mr. Fogel received a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University for service to the cultural life of the nation. In 2003 he was named an Illinois Arts Legend by the Illinois Arts Alliance. In June, 2009, he received the highest honor in the symphony orchestra field, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award. In 1997 he received the Top Chicagoan Award from Chicago Magazine, and in 1990 was named by Business Week magazine as one of the five best managers of cultural organizations in the United States. He has also received the Dushkin Award for his service to music by the Music Institute in Chicago. In 2007 he was cited for “outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the field of Music Education” by the National Association for Music Education. In 1986, the Chicago Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee established a Collector’s File in his name in the Brandeis University Library.
Mr. Fogel has served on non-profit boards virtually without interruption since 1967, when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Boards on which he currently serves include, the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program, the Institute for the Study of Black Music at Columbia College, the Chicago Opera Theater, and the WFMT Committee of the WTTW Board in Chicago, and the Chinese Fine Arts Society. He urrently chairs the Board of the Chicago Classical Music Recording Foundation.
Mr. Fogel has also served as a consultant to many orchestras, on labor, governance, and artistic issues, as well as on strategic planning. He has been a reviewer of recordings for Fanfare magazine since 1986. He has contributed several entries to the book Contemporary Composers, and to The Harvard Dictionary of Music. He has been a judge for conducting competitions in New York, Tokyo, Helsinki, and Sofia, Bulgaria, and has served on arts council review panels in New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Ottawa, as well as for the National Endowment of the Arts. In November, 2009, he was the President of the Jury for the Music Competition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Fogel has also served as a narrator with a number of orchestras, performing Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and many other works. He has recorded a speaking part in Paul Salerni and Dana Gioia’s opera Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast released on the Naxos label. He has also produced internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extensive personal collection of over 20,000 classical recordings. He has also been a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Quiz.
Mr. Fogel lives in River Forest, Illinois with his wife Frances. They have two children, Karl and Holly, and five grandchildren. In addition to music, he also has a passion for cooking Chinese food, and he studied over three years with Virginia Lee, who wrote the New York Times Chinese Cookbook.
Ralph P. Craviso
Ralph P. Craviso established Craviso & Associates, a management consulting firm, in 2006 upon his retirement from Lucent Technologies where he held the position of Vice-President, Workforce Effectiveness. Craviso & Associates specializes in work with Non-Profit Institutions across the country. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Human Resources with concentration in organizational assessment and reorganization, labor relations strategy, compensation and benefits design, pensions and retiree health benefit planning. Craviso has demonstrated success in resolving labor/management conflict under challenging scenarios, designing and executing labor relations strategies to support the unique requirements of the non-profit business model. Craviso has developed an expertise in Symphony Orchestras, having worked with over thirty-five Symphony Orchestras across the country with annual budgets ranging from $800k to over $70M.
As an Officer in large multi-national corporations, Craviso's experience includes responsibility for directing all aspects of labor relations, employee relations and labor strategy development work; leading broad based Learning and Development organizations; administering compensation for both management and union represented employees; and managing complex health and welfare benefits including design and cost control. He also directed the Recruiting and Diversity functions.
Mr. Craviso earned his bachelor's degree from Fordham University and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of such diverse organizations as the Employment Policy Foundation, the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the Dallas Symphony Association. He served as a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was Co-Chair of the Federal Mediations and Conciliation Services sponsored National Committee to examine ways to broaden economic opportunities through training.
Craviso continues in his work in assisting Performing Arts Organizations in improving their organizational effectiveness. He is a patron of the arts and a passionate concert and opera subscriber.
Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development
League of American Orchestras
Polly Kahn has played a local and national leadership role in the arts community for over three decades. Ms. Kahn joined the League of American Orchestras – the service organization for American orchestras - in March 2000. As Vice President for Learning & Leadership Development, she oversees the League’s artistic, learning, and leadership development programs and services, including the Orchestra Leadership Academy, Executive Leadership Program, National Conference, Music Alive new music program, constituent services, as well as programs for emerging orchestra executives, online learning, mentoring, and self-assessment tools for orchestras.
Prior to joining the League, Ms. Kahn served as the Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic, where she revised and significantly expanded the New York Philharmonic’s education programs. Previously, she served as Director of Education for the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y and as Assistant Director of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. Ms. Kahn has also served as a consultant to cultural and philanthropic organizations nationally, on the boards of the Ethical Culture-Fieldston Schools, the Center for Arts Education, the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music, and the New York City Arts-In-Education Roundtable, of which she was a founding member. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sphinx Organization. Ms. Kahn was honored as the recipient of the InterSchools Orchestras Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education in New York City.
Former President and Executive Director
New York Philharmonic
Zarin Mehta is a Chicago-based consultant to symphony orchestras as well as a Life Trustee of the Ravinia Festival. He concluded his 12-year tenure as President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic in August 2012, having helped make the Orchestra a worldwide cultural ambassador through international tours in Asia — including a historic February 2008 concert in Pyongyang, DPRK — and Europe. He also made outreach to young people a priority, expanding the Orchestra’s extensive educational activities; fostered an active commissioning program; introduced an innovative series of lectures and discussions; promoted the use of new technologies to enhance the concert experience; and spearheaded a new series of downloadable concerts, recorded live. Mr. Mehta qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1962. While Partner in the firm Coopers & Lybrand, he joined the Board of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and served as its Managing Director from 1981 to 1990. From 1990 to 2000, he was President and CEO of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Zarin Mehta has received numerous honors and awards, including an honorary doctorate from Roosevelt University and the University of Montreal. In October 2011 the Asian American Arts Alliance honored him for his contributions to cultural diplomacy. Mr. Mehta was a featured panelist and presenter at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Conference in Seoul entitled “Cultural Shifts” in June 2012.
Vanessa Moss is a senior executive at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) with over twenty-five years of experience in arts management. She has extensive expertise in labor relations and contract negotiation with unions, concert presenters, and media producers. Her areas of specialty also include facility management, and tour and concert production. In her current position at the CSO, Vanessa oversees c. 50% of the organization’s annual operating budget, is the Executive Producer of the CSO’s nationally-syndicated radio broadcast series and runs the CSO’s recording label, CSO Resound. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Vanessa has lectured at Columbia College, Chicago.
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
New York Philharmonic
Prior to arriving at the New York Philharmonic in 2001, David led the marketing programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Symphony and Hartford Symphony; he has also served as Associate Marketing Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, General Manager of the Richmond Symphony and Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.
David is a faculty member for the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management, and was the lead faculty member for its Introduction to Orchestra Marketing seminars. He co-taught the League’s Executive Leadership Program for Marketing and Development Professionals, as well as its Patron Growth seminars.
He is a regular lecturer at New York University and Drexel University, and has taught at the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University and St. Olaf College. He has presented at conferences of the Association of British Orchestras; the Association of French Orchestras; the Association of Nordic Orchestras; the Association of Dutch Orchestras, Theaters and Dance Companies; Opera America; the Australian Council for the Arts; the League of American Orchestras and at the National Arts Marketing Conference.
He is the author of “Subscribe Now: 30 Years Later,” which appeared in Symphony Magazine, Arts Reach, and American Theater.
Bill Thomas oversees the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Media departments of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Thomas initially joined the Philharmonic in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer, and served in that capacity until 2004, when he was named General Manager. In 2006, he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Opera, serving as Assistant Manager and Chief Financial Officer. He rejoined the Philharmonic as Senior Vice President in 2008. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Thomas held several non-profit and government positions, including Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library, Commissioner of Finance for the City of Yonkers, Deputy New York City Finance Commissioner, Budget Director for the Manhattan Borough President, Associate Director of Research and Negotiations for DC 37, AFSCME, and Analyst for the NYS Financial Control Board. He has also served as Board Chairman of the West Side YMCA, and is presently a board member of Delta Dental of New York and a trustee of the American Federation of Musicians Pension Fund. Mr. Thomas has served as a faculty advisor at the New School, lectured at NYU's graduate program in Arts Management, and has taught public and non-profit management at City College's graduate program in Public Service Management. Mr. Thomas holds a BA in American History, Magna Cum Laude, from the City College of New York, and an MPA from Columbia University, where he was a Public Service Fellow.
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