Located in Los Angeles County, the Long Beach Symphony, under the leadership of Music Director Eckart Preu and President Kelly Lucera, is celebrating its 84th season of providing live orchestral and education performances to the greater Long Beach community. Each year, the Symphony presents six Classical and five POPS! concerts, four Youth and one Family concert at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center for a combined audience of 60,000. Its flagship music education programs serve over 25,000 youth, pre-school age through college age, in classrooms, in the concert hall, and throughout the community. Governed by a 44-member Board of Directors, the Symphony’s 2018-19 annual operating budget is approximately $3.1 million, of which over 60% is generated from contributed revenue sources. The Symphony has enjoyed surpluses for the past five years.
The full-time Director of Development (DOD) reports directly to the President and is responsible for articulating, planning, budgeting and implementing an annual strategic and operational development plan to meet contributed revenue goals for annual and special projects. S/he leads the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process for annual and major gifts as well as serve as a key liaison to the Board of Directors and its committees.
The DOD oversees an Associate Director of Patron Engagement, an Administrative Associate and a contract grant-writer.