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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Joseph H. Kluger

Joseph H. Kluger, associate principal, Wolf Brown, has 30 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and consultant in strategic planning, financial analysis, collaborative alliances, facilities development, fundraising, leadership development and innovative problem solving for museums, theaters, performing arts centers, opera companies, symphony orchestras and educational institutions. He is also an internationally recognized expert in the use of technology to accomplish strategic objectives in the arts and provides advice in this area to organizations such as the League of American Orchestras and OPERA America and their members.

Prior to his consulting career, Kluger worked in symphony orchestra management, most recently as president of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association (1989-2005), where he played a catalytic role in the development of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, raised over $130 million for endowment (including a $50 million lead gift from the Annenberg Foundation) and increased involvement of the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra in governance and decision-making. He also instituted innovative strategic collaborations, including an electronic media joint-venture with the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra, shared ticketing and administrative services with Kimmel Center, Inc., an operating joint-venture with the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and consolidated administrative operations with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985 as general manager, after seven years with the New York Philharmonic, where he had been on staff in a variety of positions, culminating in the position of orchestra manager.

Kluger has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (of which he is a past president) and Pennsylvania Governor Rendell’s Arts and Culture Transition Team. He currently serves on the boards of the Marian Anderson Award, Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, the board of overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music and Philadelphia Mayor-elect Nutter’s Arts and Culture Policy Committee.

Kluger received a Master’s in arts administration from NYU and his Bachelor’s in music from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he was a President’s Fellow in Music and a teaching assistant in Music Theory and Music History. He has also participated in the Senior Executive Leadership Program of NTL Institute, the Wharton Fellows Master Class on Merger, Acquisition & Renewal, and the Executive Coaching Workshop at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As an executive coach in the arts, he is qualified to administer Level B psychological assessment instruments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B®), Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). Kluger is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and arts administration at the graduate and undergraduate level at Wharton, Penn, NYU and Drexel. He has also studied piano and voice, the latter including a summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and been both a director and performer in numerous amateur musical theater productions.

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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.