Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

How the Oregon Symphony is Staying Current

How the Oregon Symphony is Staying Current

  • Tuesday
    April 03, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Scott Showalter

Scott Showalter became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Symphony in July 2014. The 76 full-time musicians of the Oregon Symphony perform for over 200,000 people each year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and in schools, libraries, and neighborhoods. Its $16M budget makes the Oregon Symphony the largest music nonprofit organization in the state.

During his tenure, the Symphony has reached record attendance at the summertime Waterfront Concert, increased ticket sales, grown its base of donors and total contributions, and released a new CD, “Spirit of the American Range” under the Pentatone label. It also has expanded its reach into the community – working with the David Douglas School District through a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation and performing in alternative venues, including sports arenas and correctional facilities.

Before moving to Portland, Showalter worked as Vice President for Development of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development of the University of Chicago, and Associate Dean for External Relations of Stanford Law School. He served on the executive teams of each of these organizations, while planning and running annual, capital, and endowment fundraising campaigns.

A classically trained pianist, Showalter holds a dual undergraduate degree in Economics and German Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He additionally serves on the Board of The Northwest Academy.