One of my all-time favorite interviews is from 2004 with Marianne Lockwood. At the time, she was serving as executive director for Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) after spending 20 years with the ensemble growing it from a tiny vanity ensemble project into one of the first, and arguably, only genuine new model orchestral performing arts organization.
Although female executives were certainly not unheard of at that time, there were far fewer than we enjoy today.
In that sense, Lockwood was a genuine pioneer but a female executive was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to being a trailblazer. OSL was a sort of unicorn among orchestra management philosophy and artistic structure at that time. A perfect example was Lockwood’s response when asked how she went about recruiting senior managers.
“By word of mouth,” says Marianne, “we don’t go looking for candidates from arts administration programs or from the recycled pool of [League] candidates.”
By all means, take the time to read both installments; for Millennial readers, this is precisely the sort of history you need to internalize and for everyone else, it never hurts to remember a time when the phrase “new model” meant something very different than what we know today.
4 thoughts on “Breaking The Glass Ceiling Back In 2004”
Dear Drew, what an unexpected surprise! Having been retired for 6 years now but still on the board, I feel so incredibly lucky to have done what I did and that St. Luke’s thrives more than ever. I, of course, had a lot of help from my friends, especially the musicians. I am forever grateful that I had the chance to create and nurture this wonderful Ensemble. Thank you so much for this piece!
What a wonderful treat, thank you so much for taking a moment to weigh-in here. And thank you for doing the interview in the first place, it seems like it was just the other day, doesn’t it?
It does feel like it was just yesterday, except that so many more wonderful things have happened in the meantime! You should do a follow up piece with Jim…
He’s been in touch and as soon as time makes itself available, I’ll reach out.