Marnie Duke Mitze

Executive Director

Marnie is delighted to serve as the new executive director of the Philharmonic. She assumed her role in February 2020 following in the footsteps of long-serving executive director Christine Samons who retired in January 2020.


Marnie has decades of arts administration experience.  She began her career in 1978 at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she served as assistant director to the Polish violinist, Roman Totenberg. Her career then led to management positions at the School of Music at University of Redlands, the performing arts series at UC Riverside, and the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University.

After 16 years as managing director of the Pepperdine arts center, Marnie moved to a new executive role serving as Vice President and Chief of Staff to Pepperdine’s president before her retirement in July 2019.  Marnie earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University.

Marnie and her husband Tom (also a veteran arts administrator) reside in Palm Desert and Lake Arrowhead.

Tonia Hutton

Assistant Director

Tonia, a Coachella Valley native, began her work at the Philharmonic in 2012 serving as administrative assistant.


Over the course of several years, Tonia has befriended all whom
she meets and greets over the phone or in person as she manages the complexities and nuances of subscription seating and ticketing.


In March 2020 Tonia was promoted to the new position of Assistant Director where she continues to work in subscription and ticketing, as well
as several other areas. Tonia and her husband Bob reside in Palm Desert.


Palm Springs Friends Of Philharmonic
PO Box 12770
Palm Desert, CA 92255-2770

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Phone: 760-341-1013

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