He worked as a music critic for the Saint Louis Glove Democrat and held a part-time position with the Saint Louis Symphony from 1934 until 1937, when he accepted the post of assistant manager of the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1939 he returned to Saint Louis as manager of the symphony where he remained until 1942, when he was named business manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl. Three years later he became associate manager of the Pittsburgh Symphony and subsequently served as manager of the Baltimore (1948-1951) and National symphony orchestras (1951-1955) before returning to Pittsburgh in 1955 as general manager, a post he held for the next twelve years. Edwards became the CSO's general manager in 1967 and was instrumental in hiring Georg Solti as music director and organizing the Orchestra's first European concert tour in 1971 as well as additional tours to Europe and Japan.
Edwards's experience and wide-ranging interest in the arts resulted in numerous honors and nationwide recognition. Known as the "Dean of American Symphony Orchestra Managers," he was the first recipient of the Louis Sudler Award "for distinguished service to the profession of symphony orchestra management" and also received honorary doctoral degrees from DePaul University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. For many years Edwards was an influential leader in the affairs of the American Symphony Orchestra League, serving as their fifth president and later as Chairman of the Board for 15 consecutive seasons. In 1975 he was recipient of the League's Gold Baton Award—the highest national award for distinguished service to music and the arts. His death on August 10, 1984, at the age of 72, ended one of the most notable careers in arts administration.
Contents (28 linear feet) Edwards's papers include correspondence about the appointment of Georg Solti as music director in 1969, as well as extensive correspondence with Solti and many other conductors, composers, and artists. Also well documented is his energetic committee work for many civic and arts-related groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra League (with which he was involved from its founding in the 1930s through his death in 1984) and the Major Managers group, consisting of the leaders of America's largest symphony orchestras. Edwards's personal memorabilia and photographs can be found in Special Collections (SC11: John S. Edwards Collection).
K. Henry Fogel, Executive Director, 1985-1996; President 1996-2003
Biography Henry Fogel was appointed to the position of executive director in August 1985; in April 1996 his title was changed to president to more accurately reflect the scope of his duties. Prior to joining the CSO, Fogel served as executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1981- 1985), orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic (1978-1981), and vice president and program director of radio station WONO in Syracuse, New York, where the first radio fundraising marathon for an orchestra was conceived. Since then, Fogel has acted as producer and broadcast host for over 100 radiothons for some twenty-six different orchestras. A native of New York, he received his education at Syracuse University.
Contents (this series is currently unprocessed; access is restricted) Fogel's tenure covers the period of transition of music directors, from Sir Georg Solti to Daniel Barenboim, and also the Campaign for a Symphony Center.