Hailed as “the Steve Jobs of classical music” (Observer), Aubrey Bergauer is known for her results-driven, customer-centric, data-obsessed pursuit of changing the narrative for symphony orchestras. A “dynamic administrator” with an “unquenchable drive for canny innovation” (San Francisco Chronicle), her leadership as Executive Director of the California Symphony propelled the organization to double the size of its audience and nearly quadruple the donor base.
In 2019, the side hustle became the main hustle as she moved her consulting practice full time and has now served dozens of clients across artistic disciplines, geographies, and budgets up to $300M. Bergauer’s ability to cast and communicate vision moves teams forward and brings stakeholders together across the institution, earning her “a reputation for coming up with great ideas and then realizing them” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
A graduate of Rice University with degrees in Music Performance and Business, Bergauer’s work and leadership has been covered in national publications including Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, the Wall Street Journal, and Southwest Airlines and Symphony magazines, and she is a frequent speaker at universities and conferences inside and outside the arts.