Linda Onorevole is an arts administrator with two decades of experience at both visual and performing arts organizations. Prior to joining the Gulf Coast Symphony, she served as Director of Development at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) from 2010-2014. SOPAC received its first major awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, and numerous foundations and corporations during her tenure. In 2012-2013, in addition to her fundraising responsibilities, Linda served as Interim Executive Director, unifying and motivating the artistic and administrative staff during a leadership transition.
From 2006-2010, Linda was Executive Director of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and during the 2008-2009 season, held the dual posts of Executive and Artistic Directors, administrating the activities of 3 full orchestras, 3 string orchestras, 2 flute ensembles, a percussion ensemble, music theory program, chamber music program, and 2-week summer camp – programs that served 400 students annually in grades 3-12.
From 2002-2006 she was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Jersey City Museum, where she planned all marketing and press activities in connection with openings, programs and community affairs. She was instrumental in the museum receiving national press in Art Nexus and Art in America magazines, as well as frequent features in The New York Times, and on multiple regional television programs.
As a volunteer, Linda has been a judge for Classical Voice and Instrumental Music at the Young Artists Awards from 2011-present, adjudicator for the Alliance for the Arts’ “Angels of the Arts” Awards in 2011, and a board member of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras, the New Jersey Association of Museums, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, and the Jersey Arts Marketers. Linda served on grant panels for the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Essex County Local Arts Grants (NJ), and the Westchester Arts Council (NY). She facilitated Roundtable Conversations: Management Issues, and led the panel, Cultural Citizenship: Opportunities & Challenges, for the League of American Orchestras’ Conference in 2010. She was also on the panel, Marketing to an Ethnically Diverse Audience, at the Jersey Arts Marketers’ Media Roundtables, in 2005 and 2006.
A professional musician, Linda is a lyric soprano who studied with countertenor Jeffrey Gall. She earned a B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University and a Teaching Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing from the State of New Jersey in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music. She maintains a private studio teaching voice, piano and music theory.