In an awards dinner Thursday, December 1, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, President and CEO Allison Vulgamore was honored as a Most Admired CEO by Philadelphia Business Journal for her leadership and accomplishments at the helm of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, together with her fellow winners, an impressive who’s-who of business leaders representing every sector in the Delaware Valley, from banking to manufacturing to health care to tech.
“Through our Most Admired CEOs Awards, we strive to recognize the outstanding achievements of business leaders in Greater Philadelphia,” Journal Editor-in-Chief Craig Ey says. “We are thrilled to honor Allison Vulgamore for her great work as CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the greatest in the country and the world!”
In six years Vulgamore has racked up an impressive track record with numerous accomplishments in the realms of artistic programming, financial stability, vastly expanded service to the people of Philadelphia, and in creating new audiences for the Orchestra. She was instrumental in the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director (whose tenure has now been extended through the 2025-26 season). Other achievements include dramatically improving the Orchestra’s financial stability, with surging ticket sales (and an overall budget surplus during her tenure); the well-regarded HEAR program (a portfolio of programs that promote Health, champion music Education, eliminate barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximize impact through Research); and developing audiences of the future with innovative programs including the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the TeenTix initiative, and the eZseatU program.
Bottom photo: Allison Vulgamore and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra's Board of Directors at the awards dinner.