Musical America has published an online special report spotlighting classical-music industry professionals working in artist management, orchestra leadership, presenting, communications/public affairs, education, and radio and recording. Among those profiled in Musical America Rising Stars, edited by editor Susan Elliott, are Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy at the League of American Orchestras, who was recognized for her work advocating on behalf of American orchestras. Also profiled were Michael Costa, executive director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Richard Dare, chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Philharmonic; Lisa Dixon, executive directors of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine; Mieko Di Sano, executive director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia; and Mark C. Hanson, CEO and executive director of the Houston Symphony. Also included are Adam Crane, vice president for external affairs at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Philip Koester, vice president of sales and marketing at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Melissa A.E. Sanders, senior director of communications at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Eric M. Gewirtz, director of media and Public Relations at Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.; Katie Wyatt, executive director of the North Carolina-based El Sistema-inspired program KidZNotes; Sarah Johnson, director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; and Marc Geelhoed, CSO Resound Label Coordinator at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. To read the report, visit

Posted November 6, 2012