Jo Frances Meyer, Executive Director
Jo Frances Meyer believes deeply in the power of music to transform lives and give us all a greater appreciation and understanding of our shared humanity. She joined the Boston Landmarks Orchestra as Executive Director in January 2015 after spending three and a half wonderful years serving as the Director of Development for Rockport Music. Before that, and several positions ago, Jo Frances spent almost seven joyful years as the Director of Institutional Giving at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since leaving the practice of law in 1999 (after 15 years in commercial litigation and then health care law), she has – happily – found herself returning over and over again to the world of music. Working for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra is very personal for her. Starting when her daughters Elizabeth and Jacquelyn were toddlers, Jo Frances would bring them to the Charles River Esplanade and DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell for the free Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra concerts series that used to happen for a week every July. She is now proud to be working every day to keep the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s summer series of free orchestral concerts – the only one of its kind in the greater Boston area – alive and well at the Hatch Shell for all of Boston’s residents and visitors from near and far to enjoy. “I love our city, and I love music, and I think Bostonians deserve to have the magnificent free concerts that our Orchestra provides. I have enormous admiration and respect for our founder Charles Ansbacher’s vision, and for the great legacy of free concerts given to us by Arthur Fiedler, who started the first free concert series on the Esplanade back in 1929. And I think it is fantastic that our Music Director, Christopher Wilkins, is carrying on in this great tradition.” Jo Frances and her husband John live in Charlestown, and on most Monday nights you will find her at her weekly piano lesson with her teacher Lisa Caliri, a member of the Boston Conservatory faculty, who is very understanding when Jo Frances hasn’t had much time to practice!