Holly Hudak named Managing Director of Cleveland Orchestra Miami

MIAMI – Holly Hudak has been appointed Managing Director of Cleveland Orchestra Miami effective January 2013.

Ms. Hudak is currently the chief executive of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and previously was a senior executive with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Hudak will succeed Bruce Coppock, who stepped down earlier this year for health reasons.

Since 2004, Holly Hudak has been president and executive director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), an organization that provides high-quality orchestral and chamber music training for 450 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18, and serves 2,500 students annually in the Chicago Public Schools through the organization’s professional development program for teachers.  As a performing organization, under Holly’s leadership, CYSO has increased concert activity to more than 25 performances a year; won eight American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) awards for the programming of contemporary music; and restored an international touring program after a 10-year hiatus.   During Holly’s tenure, CYSO has achieved fiscal stability and created important partnerships with major cultural institutions.

Holly Hudak served as senior director of education, community relations, and diversity for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 2004.  In that role, Holly managed the strategy, growth, operation, and evaluation of a broad range of educational and community engagement programs.  Her accomplishments include the establishment of a long-term partnership with Chicago Public Schools, the launch of a family matinee series, and the creation and management of the Music Learning Center.

In her early career, Holly Hudak led the annual fund for University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and served as manager of the Albany Symphony.  She holds a degree in flute performance from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.



Currently in its seventh season, Cleveland Orchestra Miami was launched in January 2007.  The Cleveland Orchestra is co-presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the Miami Music Association (MMA).  The Orchestra serves more than 20,000 adults and young people annually in the Miami-Dade region.  Cleveland Orchestra Miami includes subscription, family, and education concerts, and an increasing variety of musical presentations, community engagement initiatives, and collaborations with artistic and educational partners.

In 2012-13, the Cleveland Orchestra Miami season expands to four concert weekends, in November, January, February, and March.  Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst opens the 2012-13 season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 on November 16 and 17.  American violinist Joshua Bell is the soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on January 25 and 26, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, in a program that also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.  Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is featured on February 1 and 2, led by Mr. Welser-Möst.  Pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on the same program.  Cleveland Orchestra Miami Principal Guest Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero concludes the season on March 14, 15 and 16 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  The program opens with Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs.

Since 2007, Cleveland Orchestra Miami has collaborated annually with the Arsht Center, University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Program and project partners have included Archdiocese of Miami, Arts for Learning, Books & Books, Coconut Grove Cares/The Barnyard, Coral Gables Congregational Church concert series, Florida International University, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, “I Have a Dream” Foundation, Miami City Ballet, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Golden Ticket and Cultureshock programs, MOCA North Miami, New World Symphony, Overtown Youth Center, Ransom Everglades School, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Temple Beth Am, Tiffany Circle/Red Cross, and Wolfsonian-FIU.

Cleveland Orchestra Miami is supported by the Miami Music Association.  MMA’s mission is to build Miami as an international center for classical music performance and education in South Florida, with a core commitment to The Cleveland Orchestra’s programs in Miami.  Holly Hudak will serve the Board of Directors of MMA and work in partnership with its leaders.  Sheldon T. Anderson is President of the Board of MMA.  Daniel R. Lewis is the immediate past President and currently serves as Chairman.  As Managing Director of Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Holly Hudak is responsible for leading MMA’s financial, artistic, educational, and community engagement operations.



Founded in 1918, The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.  Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the Orchestra participates in ongoing residencies in the United States and Europe, including multiple annual appearances in Miami and biennial appearances at the Musikverein concert hall in Vienna.  The Orchestra performs at home in two of the world’s finest concert venues: Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center.  Broadening its artistic scope, the Orchestra incorporates opera, ballet, jazz, world music, film, and popular music into its innovative programs.

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