The Arts Administration programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Alumni Update- Helane Anderson
February 15, 2010
Arts Administration Alum Named Director of Artistic Planning at St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Helane Anderson, MAAA class of 2001
"The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed a new director of artistic planning. Helane Anderson of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will take the position on Jan. 11.
Anderson was artistic administrator in L.A., producing full classical concerts, a new music series and the chamber music program.
The Philharmonic was led for 17 years by Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. His successor as music director, Gustavo Dudamel, made a celebrated debut in September.
Previous to her work in Los Angeles, Anderson was Director of Composers and Repertoire at Boosey and Hawkes, a classical-music publisher. In previous public-relations jobs, she worked for the Eroica Trio, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and The King's Singers.
Sarah Lutman, the SPCO's president and managing director, cited Anderson's "deep experience with artists and composers, a refined artistic perspective and enthusiasm for the SPCO's uniquely collaborative artistic environment."
In St. Paul, Anderson will work with the orchestra's Artistic Partners and Artistic Vision Committee to program artists and conductors, concerts, tours, festivals and recording projects.
John Mangum held the position before leaving last August to become artistic administrator for the New York Philharmonic.
The SPCO is the nation's only full-time professional chamber orchestra. Four Artistic Partners -- Roberto Abbado, Douglas Boyd, Dawn Upshaw and Christian Zacharias -- work with the 35 musicians to present more than 150 concerts and educational programs each year. The organization is in its 51st season."
-Graydon Royce, Star Tribune