Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Announces New Executive Director
Jo Frances Meyer Begins Work January 5, 2015
BOSTON - December 8, 2014 - The Board of Trustees of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra announced today that Jo Frances Meyer, of Charlestown, MA, will become the new Executive Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra beginning in January of 2015.
“We are thrilled that a person of Jo Frances’ experience and knowledge of the community has agreed to head our organization,” said Jeff Makholm, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
For over seven years Ms. Meyer worked in development at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and currently is Director of Development at Rockport Music where she has increased annual fund giving far beyond expectations and helped close out its $20 million capital campaign in 2011-2012. She has served on numerous community boards in the past, including the Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Arts Academy, Summer Search Boston, and the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities. She currently serves on the Women’s Health Leadership Council at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Summer Search Boston Board of Overseers.
"Two of my greatest passions in life are music and community, and because the Landmarks Orchestra has – happily – come to symbolize both for the City of Boston over the last decade plus, this opportunity resonates deeply for me,” commented Meyer.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by Maestro Charles Ansbacher to provide free concerts for all people in the Boston area. Made up of some of the area’s finest musicians, the orchestra now performs in summer at the DCR’s Hatch Shell and in the neighborhoods of Greater Boston. After Ansbacher’s death in 2010 the orchestra has continued, with current Music Director Christopher Wilkins, to move forward to break down barriers of access to orchestral music across economic, cultural, and physical boundaries. Under the current executive director, Harron Ellenson, the orchestra has participated in numerous collaborations with cultural, educational and social organizations and has launched initiatives to encourage people with disabilities to participate in all of its programs. Ellenson will leave the post at the end of December to return full time to her marketing firm, Harron & Associates.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our programs are made possible by the financial generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations.
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We are grateful to the Free for All Concert Fund for its contribution to the orchestra.