Henry Fogel, narrator
Henry Fogel was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in July, 2009, a school at which he has taught since 2002. In addition, he continues to provide a limited amount of consulting for musical organizations, working as a part of the Catherine French Group, and has been an artistic consultant for the Sao Paulo Symphony in Brazil since 2008. From 2003-2008 Mr. Fogel was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization that serves almost 1,000 symphony orchestras. From 1985-2003, Mr. Fogel was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under his distinguished leadership the Orchestra’s endowment increased from $19 million to over $160 million, and he oversaw the 5 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. During Mr. Fogel’s term the CSO dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs. Mr. Fogel also served as Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic, as well as Program Director and Vice-President of WONO, a full-time classical music commercial radio station in Syracuse, New York. Mr. Fogel has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, Columbia College in Chicago, and a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University for his service to the cultural life of the nation. In June, 2009, he received the highest honor in the symphony orchestra field, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award. Mr. Fogel has also served as a narrator with a number of orchestras, and has recorded a speaking role in the opera Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast on the Naxos label. He has produced internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extension personal collection of over 20,000 classical recordings.