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John Mangum
President & Artistic Director

JOHN MANGUM is in his third season as President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society. 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 our Southern California community.

Mangum previously 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.

Mangum 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. As a freelance writer, he 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.

Mangum enjoys hiking, travel (especially visits to national parks, where he gets to combine the two), food, and taking advantage of all of the incredible things that Orange County and California have to offer. Born in Fullerton and raised in San Francisco, he now makes his home in Irvine.