Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Lauren Hersh, the newest addition to the Development team.
In her newly created role, Director of Donor Engagement, Individual and Corporate, Lauren works directly with corporations, foundations, and a portfolio of individual donors to the Orchestra.
A Sarasota native (and Riverview High alumna), Lauren's love of music started at a very early age. She even played flute with the Sarasota Orchestra’s youth orchestra during high school and also participated in the Debutante program.
She went on to DePauw University in Indiana, where she received her bachelor of music in music business and flute performance. (And yes, she does still find time to practice the flute! She told me she was just playing some Handel sonatas at home.)
Following her studies, she moved to New York City, where she worked with the New York Philharmonic and Young Concert Artists, before deciding to move back to Sarasota.
"Working with the New York Phil was wonderful, but here at the Sarasota Orchestra, we are so fortunate to really know our patrons. It's a close-knit family. We have a very philanthropic community, which I just love. It's so unique to Sarasota, which is why we moved back."
One of her favorite perks of the new gig? Hearing the musicians rehearse through the walls!