As the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra begins its second century, the organization welcomes two new staff members to lead future growth.
Joshua Hernday has been named the SSO’s new Executive Director. A seasoned fine arts administrator with an impressive music background, Hernday will lead all facets of the organization including strategic planning, fundraising, preparing and managing the annual budget, leading the organization’s staff and directing marketing and promotion.
Hernday come to Sheboygan from Oshkosh where he has served as executive director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra since 2017. The organization enjoyed strong growth under his leadership, including raising funds, building awareness and expanding its performance schedule.
“We are excited to work with Joshua to continue our trajectory of growth for the SSO, the chorus and our youth ensembles,” said SSO Board President Scott Kuehn. “We’re coming off a successful centennial season celebration, and we have numerous initiatives planned to position the SSO as an important part of our Sheboygan County community.”
He also recently served as director of instrumental ensembles at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis., and previously worked for Heid Music; at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., as director of bands and horn instructor; and with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra as librarian and assistant personnel manager.
Hernday received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental performance (horn) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has a master’s degree in music-orchestral conducting and horn performance from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill. During graduate school he founded and directed the Bloomington-Normal Summer Orchestra.
Heather Guadagnino has been named the SSO’s new Orchestra Manager. This part-time role manages the personnel and technical needs of the SSO, including executing vendor contracts and managing rehearsals, event logistics and operations personnel.
Gaudagnino brings extensive experience in performing arts, arts administration and operations as both a musician and administrator. She has been an English horn and oboe player with the SSO since 2018. She is operations & outreach coordinator with United for a Better World of Mount Calvary, Wis., and membership & education coordinator with the Institute of Human Being Research in San Antonio, Texas.
She received a doctor of musical arts and a master of music in oboe performance from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; an artist diploma in oboe performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; and a bachelor of music in oboe performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
The SSO, which celebrated its 100th season during 2018-19, is the longest continually operating orchestra in the state. For more information about the orchestra and its 2019-20 concert season, visit sheboygansymphony.org.