Just in: Deborah Borda takes teaching sabbatical

Just in: Deborah Borda takes teaching sabbatical


norman lebrecht

March 02, 2015

The president of the LA Philharmonic will be teaching at Harvard from September to the end of the year. We want to join her class. Press release below.


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Los Angeles, CA (MARCH 2, 2015)— The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that Los Angeles Philharmonic President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Borda will join the Center for Public Leadership community as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence. Borda is the first arts executive to hold the post. Her appointment will begin in September 2015, at which time she will take a four-month sabbatical from the Philharmonic.


Borda is widely regarded as one of the most successful arts executives in the United States, and is known for her innovative approach to shaping the role of orchestras in the 21st century. She has led the LA Phil, which maintains the largest operating budget of any American orchestra, into an era of robust artistic and financial health. In partnership with the LA Phil’s lauded Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Borda has developed a portfolio of influential artistic and educational programs, including such high-profile initiatives as the in/SIGHT series, the El Sistema-inspired Youth Orchestra LA, and the most active commissioning program in the country. Her ambitious vision for the LA Phil, combined with her business acumen, has earned the organization an unrivaled reputation for artistic excellence and creativity worldwide.


Says CPL executive director Patricia Bellinger, “Deborah is an adventurous and smart leader. Through her bold management of the LA Phil, I’ve witnessed her commitment to social responsibility and her value of collaboration across disciplines—themes woven throughout our leadership curriculum at CPL. Deborah pushes the envelope, and we can’t wait for her to bring her expertise and savvy to our graduate students.”


  • Milka says:

    One cannot but think what a comedown for CPL ……

  • JAMA11 says:

    This is nice and all, but I am pretty certain she’s not going to be teaching any classes as part of this.

  • Gary says:

    I hope Harvard can afford her.

  • william osborne says:

    She makes $1.8 million per year. Ninety-six of the top 100 feeder schools for Harvard are expensive, private schools.