Marnie Duke Mitze
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.