Harrisburg Symphony selects Matthew Herren, Pennsylvania native, as executive director

Posted on: February 19, 2020

“A new executive director will take charge at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra this summer,” writes Sean Adams in Tuesday’s (2/18) Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA). “The organization has announced that Matthew Herren will begin as executive director starting on June 15. Herren grew up in Lancaster [Pennsylvania] before attending The Juilliard School, where he earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance. He has also worked with the symphony before, though it was as a performer…. Herren has served as executive director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas since 2014, and prior to that worked in the administration of the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission in Lawrence, Kansas and the Helicon Foundation in New York City…. The current executive director, Jeff Woodruff, has announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 season.” Herren said he is “honored by the opportunity to work for such a celebrated orchestra. As a young cellist, I played in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and feel like I am returning home. 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.”