Julie Goetz Appointed Director Of Communications Of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has appointed Julie Goetz as its new Director of Communications. In her new role, Goetz will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony's local, national, and international communications efforts, as well as oversee public relations and social media activities. Goetz began her tenure with the Pittsburgh Symphony on January 14, 2019.
A senior expert in strategic communications, Julie Goetz comes to the Pittsburgh Symphony following her previous position as founding Communications Manager of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), a $100 million public grant-making agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her tenure at RAD, Goetz was in charge of the organization's comprehensive communications and marketing programs, including accessibility. She also spearheaded RADical Days, an annual multi-week event which provides free admission to arts and culture organizations throughout Allegheny County and is made possible through funding by RAD.
Julie Goetz's years of experience in the field of communications include serving as Director of Communications and Advertising for Children Now in Los Angeles and New York, and Research Director for the Emmy Award-winning television miniseries Separate But Equal, and Thurgood, George Stevens, Jr.'s one-man show about Thurgood Marshall, which ran on Broadway for 126 performances, April through August 2008. Goetz was also a Senior Producer for Deardourff/The Media Company (formerly Bailey, Deardourff). She holds a B.A. in Communications from American University.
The 2018 GRAMMY Award-winning PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004). This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah" in 1944 and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. Its "Pittsburgh Live!" series with Reference Recordings has resulted in Grammy Nominations in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, including Grammy Award wins for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album in 2018 (Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, and Barber's Adagio for Strings). As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground-breaking PBS series "Previn and the Pittsburgh." The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 - including international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America-the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.