Toronto Symphony CEO to become dean of Shepherd School of Music in Texas

Posted on: July 8, 2021

“Matthew Loden, CEO of the Toronto Symphony since 2018, is to exit to return to Texas and become dean of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as of October 1,” reports Susan Elliott in Wednesday’s (7/8) Musical America (subscription required). “He succeeds Robert Yekovich, who exits after 18 years…. Loden served as director of admissions of at the Shepherd School from 2002-2007. The onetime VP and general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he was executive vice president for institutional advancement and interim co-president of the Philadelphia Orchestra before arriving in Toronto…. Loden succeeded in securing the TSO a $10 million gift within the first year he arrived and is credited with bringing on the TSO’s new music director, Gustavo Gimeno. ‘The decision to return to Texas was deeply personal—to be closer to our family—and coincided with an offer from Rice University,’ he said…. With a master’s degree in violin performance from Eastman School of Music, Loden spent the early part of his career performing with noted ensembles, including the Kennedy Center and Houston Grand opera and ballet orchestras…. Among teaching and consulting positions, he served as advisor to” the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.