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.
Vice President 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.
Vice President of Development
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Mark currently serves as the Vice President of Development for the Long Beach Symphony, previously holding the positions of Director of Development at Fort Worth Opera and Director of Development of the Arizona Opera.
During his tenure at Arizona Opera, Saville successfully doubled the organization’s donor base in his first year, implemented the company’s first formal and comprehensive development plan in eight years, and instituted best practices for the organization.
Most notably, he was the architect of two flourishing ‘Million Dollar May’ campaigns and one fiscal year end $500k campaign, each auxiliary to annual fund fundraising. Two of these campaigns gained particular notoriety by garnering 50 states of support through the utilization of social media as a driving tool. Saville was also responsible for the analytics and design of the Raising Our Voice Capital Campaign that ultimately saw the creation of the Arizona Opera Center in downtown Phoenix.
As Director of Development, he also played a key role in the creation and implementation of Arizona BOLD, a critically-acclaimed, three year and five million dollar community-based artistic initiative designed promote cultural diversity through artful and reflective programming. By cultivating strategic partnerships within the community, Mark played an integral part in the institution’s 2013 resurgence to its position of prominence today, including its recognition by the Arizona Republic as “The Best Comeback in the Arts”.
Arriving in Fort Worth on the cusp of the 2016 opera Festival, Saville successfully solicited a $500,000 gift match opportunity within his first three months, which was then transformed into a $1 million dollar gift match campaign. Over the next three months, the campaign would not only exceed its stated fiscal goal, but also successfully double the organization's donor base in just 90 days. This media driven campaign placed the opera company on the front pages of prominent local periodicals, and garnered national attention.
Always committed to making art both representative and accessible to his community, Mark built and leveraged new community based strategic partnerships to launch Fort Worth Opera’s “Noches de Ópera” initiative, which included the regional premiere of “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” the worlds first mariachi opera. Through national grant and corporate assistance, Saville and his team executed the first arts simulcast in the city’s history, truly breaking down cultural and financial barriers to make the classical arts accessible to new and diverse audiences.
Mark holds a double BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic Language from the University of Arizona, and served as the co-chair of development for the Opera America network.
Director of Donor Relations
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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.
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Vice President of Operations & Education
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Bella Staav serves as the Vice President of Operations & Education for the Long Beach Symphony, where she strives to further the impact and accessibility of classical symphonic music and arts participation in the Long Beach community. Previously, Bella held the position of Director of Orchestra Operations at Pacific Symphony, where she managed the artistic and logistical implementation of the five-concert Family Musical Morning series and annual Class Act Youth Concerts, which bring music to a combined 30,000 students and families each season. She also served as Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, an award-winning education program for pre-professional middle school and high school musicians which attracts over 600 auditionees from throughout Southern California annually. Originally from Yorba Linda, CA, Bella is a trained classical flutist, holding degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance along with a Minor in Public Relations from Chapman University in Orange, CA.
Manager of Operations & Education
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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.
Manager of Sales
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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!"
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