Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore Selected as a “Most Admired CEO of 2016” by Philadelphia Business Journal
(Philadelphia, November 4, 2016)—The Philadelphia Business Journal has selected Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore as one of its Most Admired CEOs for 2016.
“Through our Most Admired CEOs Awards, we strive to recognize the outstanding achievements of business leaders in Greater Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Craig Ey. “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.”
This coveted recognition of leadership in the region comes as Vulgamore nears the end of her sixth year with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her distinguished tenure has been illuminated by 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.
The musical leadership of The Philadelphia Orchestra is a conductor’s dream, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s music directorship, an appointment Vulgamore was instrumental in bringing about, has been recognized throughout the symphonic world. The New York Times writes, “The Philadelphia Orchestra seems to have found its ideal music director.” Yannick’s contract recently was extended through the 2025-26 season, which will be The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 125thAnniversary. That Yannick’s leadership is in place for the next decade is most unusual among North American orchestras.
The Philadelphia Orchestra also enjoys far greater financial stability than it did when her tenure began in early 2010. In earned income, a surge last season in ticket sales allowed The Philadelphia Orchestra to close the 2015-16 season with revenues slightly over $12 million, an increase of 11% over the previous year, a 45% increase over the revenues of her first full season, and the highest earned income for the Orchestra in over a decade. With regard to overall financial success, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has had a cumulative surplus for fiscal years FY11 (Vulgamore’s first full fiscal year) to FY16 inclusive.
Under the umbrella of HEAR, Vulgamore and her team have gathered a portfolio of programs that promote Health, champion music Education, eliminate barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximize impact through Research, marking a strong commitment to the people of the City of Brotherly Love. Some of the ways in which The Philadelphia Orchestra’s amazing artistry infuses its community work and the daily lives of the ensemble’s neighbors include PlayINs, in which the members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and other celebrated musicians welcome Philadelphians, regardless of age or ability, to join in the music-making; relaxed sensory friendly Sound All Around performances that welcome families with members on the autism spectrum; Side-by-Side rehearsals with students in the All-City Orchestra, for which The Philadelphia Orchestra now serves as the leading artistic partner; and music therapy sessions at Broad Street Ministry.
Audiences of the future have also been actively cultivated under Vulgamore’s leadership. The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra program was created in 2011 to allow a place for young professionals to become a part of the Orchestra family. This offers free membership with pricing benefits to members, along with regular networking and social events where participants, musicians, and guest artists mingle. This group has grown to over 2,600 members actively engaged with the Orchestra. The TeenTix initiative, newly begun during the 2015-16 season, is a pilot program for middle and high school students. TeenTix makes a number of $10 seats available for select performances and over 120 students participated in the first year. The eZseatU program began in 2009 and has flourished in the last few years. For a membership fee of $25, college students can attend, on an “as available” basis, as many concerts as they wish in a given season. Approximately 1,500 students have attended main subscription concerts on average of five times each per year, and more than 10,000 unique students have participated in the program, making over 101,000 visits.
About Allison Vulgamore
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