Matthew Herren, who grew up in Lancaster, will take over as director on June 15, the HSO announced today.
“I am honored by the opportunity to work for such a celebrated orchestra,” Herren said, in a statement. “As a young cellist, I played in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and feel like I am returning home.”
Herren left central PA to attend the Julliard School, from which he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.
“I am eager to begin working with an award-winning team including Maestro Stuart Malina, the hard-working staff and board, and the exceptional musicians of the HSO,” he said.
In a statement, Malina returned the compliment.
“It is a testament to the artistic quality of our orchestra, the strength of our board and administration, and the quality of life in the Harrisburg area that we are able to bring Matthew’s caliber and experience back to the region,” Malina said. “As we recognize our 90th anniversary, I look forward to working with Matthew to build an even stronger future for the HSO.”
Herron will take the place of long-time executive director Jeff Woodruff, who is retiring after serving in the position since 2003. The executive director is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the HSO. Herren will manage a team of eight full-time and eight part-time staff.