Appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Symphony in 2013, Ms. Lucera’s tenure includes ending each year with a surplus; increasing the Board of Directors from 25 to 41, growing the donor base and giving levels; negotiating multi-year collective bargaining agreements with the local musicians’ union resulting in increased wages and services; managing a music director search process; creating a planned giving program; and assembling a new, strong administrative team. In recognition of her transformative work, the Symphony won the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Non-profit in 2015 and Ms. Lucera won Mayor Garcia’s Go Long Beach Award in 2016, the award for outstanding arts management by the Arts Council for Long Beach and the NAACP Founders Award, both in 2017. In June of 2018, Ms. Lucera won the 40 Inspiring Leaders Award by the Nonprofit Center of Southern California. Dedicated to a thriving cultural landscape for all arts organizations in the region, Ms. Lucera was appointed by Mayor Garcia to the Queen Mary Land Development Task Force commission resulting in the City Council approval of a world-class amphitheater, aka “The Summer Home of the Long Beach Symphony” on Queen Mary Island.
Formerly the President & CEO of the nationally-renowned Pacific Chorale in Orange County, during her nine-year tenure she achieved an 86% increase in contributed revenue and a 50% increase in ticket revenue. Under her leadership, the Chorale relocated to the world-class Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, produced seven recordings, commissioned nine world premieres, won the highly-coveted ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and operated with a balanced budget for seven consecutive years. During her tenure, Ms. Lucera was nominated for the 2013 Women in Business Award by the Orange County Business Journal.
Previously serving as Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations of the Orange County School of the Arts, Ms. Lucera raised over $39 million during her tenure, including a $25 million capital campaign. A former teacher and arts mentor for Downey USD where she won Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years, she also has held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, both from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dedicated to strengthening orchestras and arts managers, Ms. Lucera served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and was a faculty member for the national service organizations, Chorus America and the League of American Orchestras. Having raised nearly $80 million during her career, she actively consults with local and national orchestras and choruses and serves as a presenter at state and national conferences. Committed to community service, she is a Rotarian and was elected as Vice President of the Long Beach Rotary in 2016/2017. She has been a resident of Long Beach for nearly 30 years where she has been the soprano soloist and an active volunteer at her church while raising her two children, ages 18 and 20.
Director of Finance
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Prior to joining the Long Beach Symphony Association in 2014, Dana Ramos served as General Manager and CFO of Pacific Chorale, a world-class professional choral organization in Orange County, California. During her 19-year tenure with Pacific Chorale, Dana performed all finance and accounting duties for the $1.7 million organization in addition to overseeing the $1.7 million endowment as a member of the joint Pacific Symphony/Pacific Chorale Investment Committee. Her responsibilities extended beyond finance, as Dana was responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Box Office, Marketing, Building Operations, and served as Interim Executive Director during a leadership transition. Dana has also appeared on stage across the So. California area, including appearances with Long Beach Symphony, as a chorus member of Pacific Chorale.
Manager of Operations & Education
(562) 436-3203 ext. 224
Connor Bogenreif is excited to be a part of the staff at Long Beach Symphony. A cellist by trade, Connor has received comprehensive training in performance, studying under Joon Sung Jun, Laszlo Mezo, Jacob Braun, Roger Lebow, Ian McKinnell, and Charles Baker. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University and went on to complete his Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Connor has performed extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as a soloist having performed in venues around the U.S. and Europe.
Connor is a champion for new music, having collaborated with several composers on works newly written for him, in addition to recording for scores written for film and media. Connor has also performed as a part of the Hear Now Music Festival alongside members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In conjunction with being an active performing artist, Connor is also a faculty member at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, teaches cello students privately, and coaches orchestras at schools throughout the area.
Director of Operations & Education
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Issy is the Director of Operations & Education for the Long Beach Symphony. She manages the production for the Classical series, Pops series, youth concerts and family concerts. She also oversees the Symphony’s extensive music education programs reaching over 25,000 children and adults in Long Beach and surrounding communities. Since being hired in 2014 she has also served as Manager of Operations and Education as well as Director of Education & Special Events where she produced to top netting fundraising in the Symphony’s 84-year history. From 2006 to 2014 she worked for the San Luis Obispo Symphony as Director of Operations and Manager of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. During her tenure at SLOS she managed orchestra tours to Vancouver, British Columbia, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and a California Missions tour. She helped oversee commissioning and recording of new works with the orchestra including Glosas by José Maria Gallardo del Rey and Celebrations by Dr. Craig Russell. Issy has implemented successful internship program at both organizations. She has been a member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras since 2006, acting as a speaker, peer forum leader and organization host. She is a member of the Long Beach Music Council and initiated the creation of Make Music Long Beach, part of the international Make Music Day. She volunteers on the Wilmore City Heritage Association committee for their annual “Winter in Wilmore” festival. Issy was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. Her background in choral music inspired her love for the performing arts and arts education. She is an avid supporter of environmental sustainability and in her free time she enjoys traveling and scuba diving.
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Carrie Holzman-Little has been a busy free-lance violist and contractor here in Southern California for the past 20 years. Born and raised in Long Beach, a Wilson High School graduate, she received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Santa Barbara. Carrie has been the acting music contractor for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the past two years and is the permanent personnel manager of the Long Beach Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony. Carrie also has a private teaching studio. In her spare time she likes to do triathlons. Carrie lives in a 100 year old house in Pasadena with her cellist husband, Dane Little, two teenagers and five large male cats.
Marty Fenton Frear
(562) 436-3203 ext. 231
Director of Development & Communications
(562) 436-3203 ext. 226
Since beginning as Director of Development & Communications for the Long Beach Symphony in 2013, Ms. Macias has directed all revenue generation for the regional orchestra, creating strategic growth in a competitive and challenging industry. She implemented new fundraising and marketing strategies, which resulted in five consecutive years of surplus budgets and has managed the strategic communications and branding of the entire organization, including Development, Marketing, Government and Public Relations. She also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Long Beach Symphony, overseeing a two-year endowment campaign and is a Board member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. Macias drew her experience from a corporate career in Public Relations and Brand Marketing, where she worked at Burson-Marsteller, Sony Electronics, and KCRW in Santa Monica. She graduated with a BS in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in History from UC Berkeley.
Associate Director of Patron Engagement
(562) 436-3203 ext. 222
John oversees all of Long Beach Symphony’s special events inclusive of our annual gala, Crescendo, December Golf Classic, and our newest annual event, Twilight on the Green in October. Working closely with the Development team, John will also focus on increasing the Symphony’s financial support through growing the donor base.
John brings a wide variety of experience to the Long Beach Symphony. He began his career as Athletics Ticket Manager at Western Michigan University. John spent nearly 20 years in ticketing and fundraising software sales at Irvine-based, Paciolan Inc. His focus was selling solutions to college and university performing arts and athletics departments as well as other independent performing arts organizations. Most recently, John got his first taste working in the non-profit world with Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), doing business development for MentorNet, an online mentoring service aimed at supporting first-generation and under-represented students pursuing a STEM college degree.
John grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and received both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from The Ohio State University. He had the opportunity to work and live in Singapore in 2013-14 while helping to open the Singapore Sports Hub, a multi-venue sports complex. John has lived in Long Beach for much of the last 30 years and loves great music, sports, travel and an occasional glass of wine.
Marketing and Systems Manager
(562) 436-3203 ext. 227
Manager of Sales
(562) 436-3203 ext. 232
Florita is the woman to speak with when you want tickets for Classical or POPS! concerts. She personifies the Symphony's "welcoming spirit." Florita says: "I'm fun-loving, strong and, at times, a force to be reckoned with! My nickname around here is Flojo because I'll go the extra mile for our patrons. I love to fish, eat and hang out with my family and friends. If you ever need me, just holler, `Hey, Flojo!'"
Office Administrator & Finance Assistant
(562) 436-3203 ext. 220
(562) 436-3203 ext. 229
Matt Lopez has been engaged with music for over 12 years and is excited at the prospects of having a career enriched by the arts. A Southern California native, Matt recently completed his graduate studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach earning a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance where he has coached woodwind chamber music, directed the BCCM Flute Choir, and performed with many of the ensembles at Bob Cole including the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. He has also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from CSULB in Instrumental Music Education. He was a recipient of the Mary E. Israel Music Scholarship and was chosen by majority vote of the faculty at Bob Cole to serve as the banner carrier during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Matt has been a proud member and officer of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity since 2011. As a freelance musician, Matt teaches and performs in the local area whenever possible. Starting as the Spring 2018 Education Intern, Matt was recently promoted to Development and Education Associate at the Long Beach Symphony.