JOHN MANGUM, PRESIDENT & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
is the President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. In this capacity, he works with the Philharmonic’s Board of Directors, its volunteers, and its staff to further its mission to present performances of the highest quality and provide dynamic and innovative music education programs to the Southern California community.
Mangum has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras. Most recently, he served as Director of Artistic Planning at the San Francisco Symphony, where he worked with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to shape the Symphony’s overall artistic profile through the selection of repertoire, projects, and artistic collaborators. His appointment at the SFS began in June 2011.
Prior to San Francisco, Mangum worked as Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic and as Vice President for Artistic Planning at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He started his career in 1999 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he worked as the staff program annotator and later as Artistic Administrator, developing the Orchestra’s programs at the Hollywood Bowl as well as a variety of concerts and projects at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
As a freelance writer, Mangum has written notes and articles for a variety of record labels, orchestras, presenters, and festivals, most recently as an annual contributor to the program books of the Salzburg Festival. He holds a Ph.D. in history with a field in musicology, in addition to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history, all from the University of California, Los Angeles. His scholarly work looks at the intersection of music and power in 18th-century German-speaking Central Europe. Mangum enjoys traveling and hiking and plans to live in Orange County with his wife and son.