USC Thornton alumna Gail Samuel currently serves as president of the Hollywood Bowl and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. In this post, Samuel oversees operational oversight for all the organization’s venues (Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, The Ford); strategic leadership for both the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford; programming of jazz, world music, orchestral pops and pop/rock presentations; and management of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, human resources, strategy and special projects.
Samuel’s tenure at the Los Angeles Philharmonic began 25 years ago when she joined the Orchestra Operations department of the organization. Over the course of her career she has held a variety of critical positions, most recently as executive director. Previous positions include chief operating officer, which included management of the Hollywood Bowl and the Philharmonic orchestra and concert production; and vice president and general manager, Philharmonic and Production, managing the orchestra as well as all concert production, touring, and media activities. Early in her career, Samuel held positions with the Minnesota Orchestra, Yale University, the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Young Musicians Foundation.
Gail Samuel studied violin and earned undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology and an MBA from the University of Southern California. She serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Thornton School of Music and on the Board of Directors of A Noise Within theater.