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Thor Steingraber named “Top 30 Professional” by Musical America

Honor Comes on the Eve of the Performing Arts Leader’s 10th Anniversary as Head of The Soraya

Musical America, the oldest influential American magazine covering music, drama, and dance since 1899, has named Thor Steingraber as one of its Top 30 Professionals for 2023. The annual report profiles thoughtful, creative, and innovative leaders who persistently and relentlessly strive to ensure the performing arts remain vital in their communities.

“This year’s Musical America Top 30 Professionals are the entrepreneurs, the worker bees, the creative minds that ensure the health of the artform and its essential value in our lives, now and for generations to come,” said Susan Elliott, Musical America Editor.

“CSUN is honored to recognize and celebrate Thor Steingraber on being recognized as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of 2023,” said Erika D. Beck, PHD, President Cal State Northridge. “CSUN, the greater Los Angeles region, and the performing arts world have benefitted from his leadership and service.”

“Top Professionals” is a popular special report that is released annually to the Musical America list of 26,000+ performing arts industry professionals and is one of the most read issues of the year. It remains on indefinitely, in the Special Reports Library. Click here to see the current list and full issue.

About Thor Steingraber

Thor Steingraber’s artistic career spans more than 20 years, directing at major venues from Lincoln Center to theaters in Europe and Asia. Los Angeles has long been his artistic home where his work for Los Angeles Opera could be seen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 1994 to 2008. Steingraber also taught and directed at Yale School of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the Curtis Institute.

Since his appointment as Executive Director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) in 2014, Steingraber has brought acclaim to the 1700-seat venue. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, The Soraya has come to be known as home to many Los Angeles artists and arts organizations, and Steingraber’s lifetime experience as a producer has brought to The Soraya some of the most innovative and diverse programming in the region.

Steingraber is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and was its first Fellow for Arts and Culture. He was subsequently Vice President of two of the nation’s largest performing arts centers – The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, where he was responsible for opening Grand Park and establishing the vision that has made the park vital to LA as the home to its many celebrations and holidays.

About Musical America

For over 100 years, Musical America Worldwide has been the voice of the performing arts industry. Musical America provides the digital and print touchpoints for performing arts professionals to reach out to each other to further their art and their businesses. It provides resources for presenters, managers, and artists all over the world. More than 14,000 performing arts organizations and 24,000 musicians and professionals in more than 95 countries actively engage with Musical America’s news, information, and data.

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