Jon Limbacher was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2000 to 2012. During this time, he was the principal architect of many of the orchestra’s innovative and successful fundraising and audience development strategies, including its groundbreaking membership model where patrons pay $5 per month to attend unlimited concerts. He also led efforts to make SPCO concerts as accessible as possible to the community by lowering ticket prices and expanding the Neighborhood Series. Under Limbacher’s leadership, concert attendance increased by more than 40 percent and individual giving to the annual fund more than doubled, while board giving more than quadrupled. In addition, the endowment more than doubled in size, and the budget was balanced every year except 2003, a record unparalleled in today’s orchestra industry.


Limbacher became the Chief Development Officer of The Cleveland Orchestra in February, 2012. In this role, he led the development team in the Sound for the Centennial Campaign, raising $60 million in endowment funds while increasing the annual fund by $1.5 million. In addition to his role in Cleveland, he has worked with orchestras across the country as a consultant, helping organizations develop fundraising and patron development strategies, and has been a regular presenter for the League of American Orchestras.


Limbacher returned to the SPCO in January 2016 as Managing Director and President.

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Jon Limbacher