Artist, Fundraiser, Leader

Resume posted by liambonner in Arts and Culture.

Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Houston Texas, United States


After a successful 10-year career on the opera stage, I joined the Houston Symphony development team. Now with a proven track record in non-profit fundraising, I’m looking to leverage my previous career as a performing artist and my development experience for an opera company, symphony, or school of music in an Executive or Artistic capacity. I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity.


Master of Music
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Essentials of Orchestra Management
League of American Orchestras
USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA

The Art of Fundraising: The Fundamentals
Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership; Glasscock School for Continuing Studies
Rice University, Houston, TX



Manager, Annual Giving Groups
Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas

Directs and manages Symphony groups aimed at creating fundraising opportunities, increasingdonor engagement through Symphony events, and stewardship of Symphony donors:
-Houston Symphony Young Associates Council
Develops and grows the Symphony’s Young Associates Council, including event planning and direction, programming, communications, and maintaining a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects.
-Houston Symphony Family Council
Charged with creating and managing a new program in the 2017/2018 season aimed at identifying and involving Symphony’s families with dynamic family programming and events.
-Musician Sponsorship Program
Manages communications and event planning for the musician sponsor program, increasing total number of events based on positive response during the 2016/2017 season.

Acts as primary fundraising support and liaison for Symphony events:
-Ima Hogg Competition
Manages fundraising efforts for the annual Ima Hogg Competition, towards a $400,000 goal, a goal which has consistently been met and increased since 2015.
-Symphony Ball After-Party
Manages fundraising efforts and act as liaison for Symphony Ball After-Party chairs, specifically targeted to engage and cultivate younger Symphony patrons.

Serves as a direct fundraiser with positive impact on the Development Department’s annualcontributed revenue goal of ~$20 million with a portfolio of $700,000:
Develops and maintains a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects for the Conductor’s Circle giving (annual giving of $5,000 to $24,999).
Assists with management of special project fundraising, including prospect identification.
Writes and compiles pre-performance briefings, including performance notes, to assist all development staff and executive staff with targeted patron engagement.

Development Officer, Individual Giving
Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas

-Managed a large portfolio of individuals in the $1,500 to $10,000 giving range
-Developed and maintained a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects
-Took a leadership role with the Symphony’s Young Associates Council, a philanthropicmembership group for young professionals, grew membership by 45%, and increased totaldollars raised by 85.56% over the 2016 season.
-Responsible for direct and department communications, including face-to-face meetings,email, telephone, and mail communications.
-Managed the musician sponsor program, including communications and event planning,successfully turning this event into a cornerstone of stewardship efforts in the Conductor’sCircle giving range.

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