The first woman and youngest president and CEO in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 124-year history, Melia Tourangeau previously served as head of the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City, Utah, and prior to that role, held various posts with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.
Under her leadership and with support from the Foundation, the PSO is working to fund a gap in its pension obligations, an area in which, according to Tourangeau, the symphony is “hyper-focused.” It also will make much needed capital improvements to Heinz Hall, offer a diverse array of concerts for adults and children, conduct educational and community programming, and hire a new principal Pops conductor.
Tourangeau earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a major in piano performance and a minor in musicology. She holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit leadership from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization and the International Women’s Forum and as an officer for Group1 Managers at the League of American Orchestras.