Jeff Collier to depart Orchestra Iowa

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The Orchestra Iowa Association Board of Directors announced on July 13 that its CEO, Jeff Collier, will step down from his position at the conclusion of his current contract on Aug. 31. 

During Mr. Collier’s eight-year tenure, the organization has seen significant growth in audiences, expansion of its presence in the Iowa City area, and the introduction of new programs, including the popular films with live orchestra. 

He also provided leadership and stability for Orchestra Iowa through the COVID-19 pandemic and led the organization through a very successful centennial season.

“We will miss Jeff and wish him well,” Board Chair Lisa Rhatigan said in a statement. “Jeff’s leadership has seen the orchestra through some challenging times and we appreciate his dedication and hard work.” 

“I admire Jeff and am grateful for what he has helped Orchestra Iowa accomplish,” Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa music director, said in a statement. “I mostly cherish the bond of friendship that Jeff and I developed bringing music to our community.”

The Orchestra Iowa Board of Directors plans to hire an interim CEO, who will serve in the role while the organization conducts a national search for a permanent CEO. 

No changes are expected in the upcoming season’s programming, nor are any significant impacts on staff, musicians, or the community.

“It’s been an immense honor and privilege to serve this historic organization as its CEO,” Mr. Collier said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Orchestra Iowa, and I will carry many fond memories of my time spent with the artists, staff and supporters who have enabled Orchestra Iowa to thrive and grow.”