The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce that it has appointed Hugh Shaber as General Manager effective August 1. Hugh will take on the administrative and management responsibilities that have, until now, been borne by Maestro Daniel Stern in addition to his Music Director duties. The half-time General Manager position was established by the board of directors earlier this year.
Hugh has extensive experience in non-profit management, including nearly 19 years of executive support and community relations functions with the Workforce Development Council and Private Industry Council in Seattle, WA. Prior to that he was development director for KMHD Public Radio in Gresham, OR. He is a native of Idaho Falls and a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and communications. He also undertook graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Daniel Stern has been Boise Baroque’s mainstay ever since he joined the orchestra in 2005, performing both the Music Director and General Manager functions. Over his tenure he has promoted the professional growth of Boise Baroque, both artistically and organizationally – echoing his earlier achievement while Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic from 1974 to 1987.
As Dan contemplates his eventual retirement, the Boise Baroque board is implementing a strategic plan that includes separating the functions of Music Director and General Manager in order to promote smooth transitions in both these areas, according to Gene Arner, the board president. “Our plan also aspires to strengthen our board and expand our audience and donor base, all in the interest of sustaining Boise Baroque into the future,” he added. “We are grateful to Esther Simplot and the Simplot Foundation for a huge assist in the form of a three-year grant totaling $90,000 to provide seed money for pursuing these goals.”