Henry Fogel is a leading arts executive and consultant. He has consulted for orchestras throughout the world, and his advice is frequently sought for executive searches in the performing arts. From 2003-2008, he served as President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. From 1985-2003, he was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Prior leadership positions included Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic, and Program Director and Vice President of radio station WONO in Syracuse, New York.
Henry was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in July 2009. He has been an artistic consultant to the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil since 2008, and he has consulted for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburg Festival. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. He has been a reviewer of recordings for Fanfare magazine since 1986, and for many years he wrote a column for South Korea’s leading classical music magazine Auditorium. He has been a judge for conducting competitions in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S.
He has chaired the Boards of the Opera Theatre of Syracuse, the Syracuse Ballet Theatre, the League of American Orchestras, and the Illinois Arts Alliance. Boards on which he currently serves include the Institute for the Study of Black Music at Columbia College, Cedille Chicago, and the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and he is on the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program and the WFMT Committee of the WTTW Board in Chicago. He is the President of the Board of the Chicago Opera Theatre and chairs the Board of the Chicago Classical Music Recording Foundation.
He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia College in Chicago. In 1999, Mr. Fogel received a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University for 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. In 1990, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the five best managers of cultural organizations in the United States.