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Ms. Gretchen Nielsen Ms. Gretchen Nielsen

Executive Director, From the Top


From the Top has selected Gretchen Nielsen, Vice President of Education Initiatives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to serve as its next Executive Director, effective March 2018.

Throughout her career, Gretchen has served as a champion of both access and excellence in music education, and her passion lies in supporting young musicians on their path to virtuosity. Among her many accomplishments, Gretchen launched the LA Phil's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), an El-Sistema program, with Gustavo Dudamel in 2008. Under her leadership, YOLA has grown into one of the largest and most successful El Sistema chapters in the United States.

Rebecca Swartz led this search with Leslie McCarthy and Chloe Kanas.

View the full press release here.