April 6, 2020
Jo Frances Meyer Named ED at the Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Jo Frances Meyer
January 1, 2015 — The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, a nonprofit that aims to provide free concerts for everyone in the Boston area, recently announced that it has named Jo Frances Meyer as its new executive director.

Meyer will assume the post on Jan. 5, succeeding Harron Ellenson, who resigned last month return full time to her marketing firm, Harron & Associates.

“We are thrilled that a person of Jo Frances’ experience and knowledge of the community has agreed to head our organization,” said Jeff Makholm, board chair of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Most recently, she has served as director of development at Rockport Music where she increased annual fund giving and helped close out its $20 million capital campaign in 2011-2012.

Earlier, she was director of institutional giving for seven years at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was a senior development officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and senior vice president for development at Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

"Two of my greatest passions in life are music and community, and because the Landmarks Orchestra has, happily, come to symbolize both for the City of Boston over the last decade plus, this opportunity resonates deeply for me,” Meyer said.

Meyer has served on numerous community boards, including the Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Arts Academy, Summer Search Boston, and the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

She currently serves on the Women’s Health Leadership Council at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Summer Search Boston Board of Overseers.

Meyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Boston University, Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by Charles Ansbacher and now performs in summer at the DCR’s Hatch Shell, its principal home, and in Greater Boston neighborhoods. Following Ansbacher’s death in 2010 the orchestra has continued to break down barriers of access to orchestral music across economic, cultural, and physical boundaries.

The orchestra has also embarked on collaborations with other organizations, including the Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston Lyric Opera, the Museum of African American History, and a host of others, engaging students from area schools, including Berklee College of Music, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

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