Pasadena Symphony & POPS Selects Andrew Brown as Chief Executive Officer

Pasadena Symphony & POPSA headshot of Andrew Brown, CEO of Pasadena Symphony and POPS has selected Andrew Brown as Chief Executive Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 13, 2023.

As CEO, Brown will manage the Pasadena Symphony, the Pasadena POPS, and the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras. Brown brings a wealth of invaluable expertise with two decades of experience as a performing arts executive, poised to guide an exciting period of growth as the institution embarks on its 96th season. A seasoned leader, Brown most recently concluded a five-year tenure as CEO of Pacific Chorale where he led the organization through significant transitions and raised its artistic profile, including earning its first GRAMMY Award for Best Choral Performance.

Prior to joining Pacific Chorale, Brown worked for the Los Angeles Master Chorale under multiple leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, and Director of Operations. Brown holds a master of business administration and master of arts in arts management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Ball State University.

In making the announcement, newly elected President of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS Board of Directors Kimberly S. Winick said, “The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is in the midst of a vibrant rejuvenation. I am honored and thrilled to serve as President of the Board as we welcome Andrew Brown as our new CEO, select a new Music Director, and set off on new musical adventures. With familiar venues and new faces, I look forward to keeping our audiences sustained and excited to enjoy all that we offer as we look to a bright future.”

"I am deeply honored to be named the next CEO of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, during a time of exciting transition for the organization,” said Brown. “It is a tremendous opportunity to jump into the search for the orchestra’s next Music Director and to work closely with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein to shepherd the artistic vision of this incredibly talented ensemble. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, musicians and all stakeholders to build upon the Pasadena Symphony and POPS’ solid foundation as a dynamic cultural treasure serving our greater Pasadena community."

“Through a comprehensive and rigorous executive search process, I am very pleased to congratulate Andrew on being selected to lead the Pasadena Symphony and POPS in this new era of artistic innovation, growth, and community engagement,” said ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau. “Andrew's exceptional and strategic leadership experience in the performing arts sector uniquely aligns with the needs of the community that this vibrant organization serves. ACG is deeply grateful to the Board, staff, and musicians of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS for their active involvement in the executive search process.”

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