Deborah R. Rutter, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, will deliver the convocation address at the Bienen School of Music’s Convocation on June 19, 2010.
Rutter joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association in 2003, overseeing the operations of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Center Presents, the Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Singers, and the Symphony Center facility. Her prior positions include executive director of the Seattle Symphony (1986-1992), executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1986-1992), and orchestra manager for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Rutter is also affiliated with many national and local arts organizations. She serves on the boards of the Illinois Arts Alliance, Chicago After School Matters, Grant Park Conservancy, and the Solti Foundation, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, Economic Club of Chicago, the prestigious Curtis Institute’s Board of Overseers, and is a Visiting Committee Member for the University of Chicago. Formerly, she was President of the Washington State Arts Alliance Board of Directors and has served as board member (and president 1988-91) of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, the Policy Committee of the managers of American orchestras for the American Symphony Orchestra League, and on numerous panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Copland Fund, California Arts Council, and the California State/Local Partnership. In Seattle, she was a board member for Downtown Seattle Association and NPower, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other non-profits use technology to better serve their communities.
Rutter is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.