Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Stringer has been CEO of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra since 2010. During her tenure, the TSO budget has grown 93%, corporate sponsorships have tripled, and annual fund donations have grown 90%, enabling the orchestra to embark on several new initiatives and programs, such as the Tallahassee Symphony Jazz Orchestra, a Family series, and Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program.
Mandy is actively engaged in the industry’s association of orchestras—the League of American Orchestras (LAO)—serving as its Group 6 President from 2014-17. In this capacity, she helped design content for the LAO’s annual national meeting and its midwinter managers’ meeting in New York City. In 2014, she was invited to speak at the LAO’s national conference in Seattle. In 2017, she was selected along with 8 peers from orchestras throughout the country to participate in the LAO’s “Emerging Leaders Program,” a highly competitive course for executives demonstrating exemplary promise in the field.
Mandy has earned degrees from Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, and King’s College, London. Before moving into orchestra management, she served on the music faculties of Florida State University and the University of Oklahoma.
She has been involved in the Tallahassee community through managing the “Word of South Festival of Literature and Music” (2014-2018), serving on the Tourist Development Council (appointed 2018), acting as a Knight Foundation Creative Communities Institute Catalyst, participating in the Leadership Tallahassee program, and serving on the Leon High School Foundation Board of Trustees.