The Board of Directors for the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra is truly a working board — there are no paid administrative staff within the MPO. Our Board works diligently year-round to develop and execute on a strategy for growth, and fulfillment of the organizational mission. The board meets monthly as a full group. Key committees will have additional meetings as needed to address specific needs of the organization or special events.

Join the board! If you are interested in becoming a board member or working on a committee, please email New board members are elected annually at the orchestra’s general meeting, held in June.

Meet the Board & Artistic Staff

Brian Edward Dowdy

Brian Edward Dowdy

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

A diversely experienced conductor, performer and educator, Brian Edward Dowdy begins his first season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2017-18 season. He is also the newly appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and former Artistic Director of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. […]

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Catherine Himmerich

Catherine Himmerich


As the MPO’s Concertmaster, Catherine is responsible for chairing the violin section as well as working with the Music Director to ensure a smooth and successful concert performance by mentoring performers and resolving technical performance issues as needed. Catherine started violin lessons in the Carroll College Suzuki program in Waukesha, Wisconsin, then moved on to […]

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Joe Burling

Joe Burling

President and Director of Development
Associate Principal Second Violin
Martha Hoschmiller

Martha Hoschmiller


Finance Committee


Martha joined the orchestra in September 2000. Over the yeas, she has volunteered for several small projects with the orchestra (you may recognize her as part of the cello ensemble that has played at our Salon fundraiser for the past several years), but this is her first time on the board. Martha has a BA […]

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Sarah Wolf

At-large board member


Doug Opel

Doug Opel

Director of Operations

Doug joined the MPO Board in 2015 as an At-Large member and now serves primarily as Operations Director. He is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and otherwise sought after and performed by the National Young Arts Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ricochet Duo, The Bridge Chamber Music Festival, the Chautauqua Instituion Piano Competition, cellist Jeffrey […]

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Joe Dolson

Joe Dolson

Webmaster, At-large Board Member
Violin, Associate Concertmaster

Joe is the former concertmaster of the MPO, and has been playing with the orchestra since the fall of 2000. Professionally, Joe helps organizations make their websites usable by people with disabilities. He’s a core developer for the open source content management system WordPress, and works to promote accessible site building and design using WordPress. […]

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Brian Hadley

Brian Hadley

Music Librarian

Programming Committee

Principal Bassoon

Brian serves as the Music Librarian where he serves on the MPO’s Programming Committee, communicates with music publishers to rent or purchase performance pieces, manages the music library, distributes and collects the music to and from the musicians, and communicates issues relating to the Music Library with the Music Director and Board of Directors. Brian […]

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Matt Krueger

Personnel Manager

Standing Committees

  • Executive Committee: comprised of the four executive officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), this committee is responsible for the overall functioning and management of the MPO, similar to the executive leadership team of an organization; manages all paid and unpaid staff, board members, committee members, and volunteers.
  • Development Committee: designs, develops, and implements fundraising strategies and plans; organizes fundraising events; handles all donor development and relations, as well as coordinates grant submissions/applications.
  • Finance Committee: assists the Treasurer with all general accounting and bookkeeping; and, handles all financial matters for the organization including financial planning and budgeting, tax, regulatory filings, and insurance.
  • Governance Committee: responsible for board relations, development, recruiting, and overall management; assists the Secretary with oversight, development, and adherence to policies, and organizational bylaws.
  • Marketing Committee: develops marketing plans and manages general external communications and marketing activities, including online response/social media, print, and web.
  • Operations Committee: plans for, and executes all concert/event production activities including volunteer coordination, box office, venue, ticketing, program development/printing, and general logistics.
  • Programming Committee: in collaboration with the Music Director, develops engaging programs including selection and approval of repertoire, concert series/cycle theme, and overall tone/messaging of programs.