ANNAPOLIS — The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Edgar Herrera as its new executive director and chief development officer.
Herrera will oversee all administrative aspects of the organization, including the Annapolis Symphony Academy, and other adult and youth education programs. He will work closely with music director and conductor José-Luis Novo, who is in his 15th season providing leadership for the artistic vision of the symphony.
“The role of a symphony orchestra is changing, and I’m delighted that Edgar is joining us as we strive to be one of the innovative orchestras leading this transformation,” Novo said. “His experiences as a musician, entrepreneur and arts administrator, both here in the U.S. and in Mexico, will complement our very capable team.”
“I am honored to be joining Maestro Novo and the entire Annapolis Symphony organization to both serve the Annapolis community today and redefine the 21st-century symphony orchestra for tomorrow,” Herrera said.
Herrera was selected after a six-month search and will move to Annapolis with his wife, Luz and twin daughters.
Board Chairman Jill Kidwell said: “Edgar’s unique combination of accomplishments in arts administration and entrepreneurial ventures, coupled with his obvious passion for music, put him head and shoulders above the other candidates. We are thrilled to have him join our team as we face previously unforeseen challenges coming out of this difficult time for our nation and the world.”
Herrera holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in arts administration and an MBA, both from the University of Cincinnati. In 2004, he was selected by the League of American Orchestras for its Fellowship Program. In that capacity, he had the opportunity to undertake special projects for the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and Elgin Symphony. Herrera went on to become executive director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and director of marketing, public and patron relations of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, Herrera moved to Mexico, where he founded the Filantrofilia Foundation, which soon became the leading institution for measuring the social impact of philanthropic initiatives in Mexico. In 2014, he founded Grupo LUZED S de RL de CV to identify, incubate, develop and accelerate high-impact start-ups with a special focus on social impact.
The Annapolis Symphony, founded in 1962, is the leading performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city. Featuring 70 professional union musicians who perform for audiences of all ages, the symphony seeks to produce, present and promote symphonic music that increases the awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region. The symphony will launch its 59th season with its “Pops in the Park” free concert at Quiet Waters Park on Labor Day weekend. The symphony’s home venue is Maryland Hall.