New boss for Oakland Symphony

New boss for Oakland Symphony


norman lebrecht

May 16, 2018

press release:


Oakland Symphony Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mieko Hatano as its new Executive Director, effective June 4, 2018.  As Executive Director, Dr. Hatano will oversee the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony Chorus, and the Oakland Symphony’s MUSE and related youth-music-education programs. She will work closely with Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan.
Prior to joining Oakland Symphony, Dr. Hatano served as Executive Director of Music in the Mountains in Nevada City, CA where she directed the $1M classical music organization featuring a 7-concert choral and orchestral series, a 2-week summer festival, youth orchestra and other education and outreach programming. Prior to Music in the Mountains, she was the Executive Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA where she was featured as one of Musical America’s “Rising Stars in Orchestra Leadership.” Dr. Hatano is a 2012 alumna of the DeVos Institue of Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  In 2011, she was appointed Orchestra Manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  Dr. Hatano holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Hatano replaces Interim Executive Director Cristine Kelly.  Kelly oversaw one of the most successful seasons in recent Oakland Symphony history including a 35% growth in single ticket revenue and the launch of the new series, 


  • Doug says:

    Her first executive act was to hire one B. Soetoro into the position of Associate Vice President of the Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Wow, is that supposed to be funny? . . I’m all for irreverent humor and all that, but I find your attempt quite a head-scratcher. Would diversity and inclusion be a bad thing in downtown Oakland?

    Furthermore, the Oakland Symphony has a pretty good ‘buzz’ going these days. Michael Morgan has proved to be a charismatic and galvanizing force. I have no idea what their financials are like – probably no worse than many other small orchestras.