Mark Gresham | 14 JUL 2019
ATLANTA, GA— Elena Alexandrovna Dubinets has been named by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as its Chief Artistic Officer, a new position created by merging the roles of Vice President of Artistic Planning and Senior Director of Education, previously held by Evans Mirageas and Holly Hudak respectively. Dubinets will begin her new role with the ASO in August.
Although the title Chief Artistic Officer is new for the ASO, it is not unfamiliar in the world of American Orchestras – for example, the Cleveland Orchestra, where Jennifer Barlament was General Manager before joining the ASO as Executive Director in January 2016, has a Chief Artistic Officer.
It is a more common title than might be imagined, even outside of the world of symphony orchestras. One might even say even trendy. Tiffany & Co., the American luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, has Chief Artistic Officer. In the broader corporate world, the title Chief Creative Officer (CCO) is increasingly common for a top-level executive directs a company’s creative output, developing the artistic design strategy that defines the company’s brand.
Dubinets is a noted musicologist, author and artistic innovator who most recently held the position of Vice President of Artistic Planning and Creative Projects at the Seattle Symphony from 2007-2019 and was its Music Research Specialist from 2003-2007. She was was honored by Musical America as one of its “30 Movers and Shapers” for 2018,
Dubinets was born in Moscow, Russia in 1969. The daughter of Alexander and Margarita Frenkel, she earned all of her academic degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy in 1996. She arrived in the United States later that same year.
As Chief Artistic Officer, Dubinets is charged with building a unified mission-focused plan for all of the orchestra’s programming, education and community engagement activities as well as lead the creation of new streams of programming aimed at broadening the Orchestra’s footprint in metro Atlanta. ■