When Monica Jeffries Hazangeles becomes president and CEO of Strathmore in September, it will mark her 24th year with the County’s largest performing and visual arts center.
The Silver Spring resident played a leading role in creating Strathmore Student Concerts for All, which enables all Montgomery County Public Schools second- and fifth-grade students to attend concerts. She also helped bring about the Bloom Initiative, which extends arts programming to the eastern part of the County along the Route 29 corridor.
“I really love all types of music,” declared Jeffries Hazangeles, as she talked about her new position. She has a master’s degree in flute performance and enjoys classical and world music in particular.
As only the second CEO in Strathmore’s 37-year history, Jeffries Hazangeles excitedly spoke of continuing Strathmore’s many programs and concerts while expanding its partnerships throughout Maryland.
“I am really looking forward to expanding our message around the state” with the goal of “creating a network and affiliations.”
Jeffries Hazangeles was appointed following the resignation of Eliot Pfanstiehl, who founded the nonprofit Strathmore in Bethesda in 1981. She became its president in 2011.
“Come, get closer to Strathmore. Come and discuss what we have to offer,” Jeffries Hazangeles said of her message to County residents.
In today’s climate, where arts funding and attendance at concerts throughout the country is dropping, Jeffries Hazangeles said she plans to continually update and change Strathmore’s offerings to match residents’ interests.
“Strathmore listens really well to its community,” said Jeffries Hazangeles, who was chosen by a national search committee.
“We are thrilled that Monica will be the next leader of Strathmore – her passion, diplomacy and leadership experience are exceptional, and her vision for Strathmore’s future makes her singularly qualified to lead this great institution into its next chapter of growth, service and prominence,” wrote Strathmore Board Chair Karen Lefkowitz in a press release.
“From the moment I first walked into the Mansion at Strathmore, I knew this was a special place,” Jeffries Hazangeles said. “For the past 24 years, I have been profoundly motivated by its mission, people and community. I cannot imagine a greater honor than to serve as its next leader,” she said.
“I am eager to expand its network of partnerships and deepen its dialogue with the creative community. As a musician and educator, I am inspired by how the arts elevate, enrich, and transform us. Here at Strathmore, those transformative moments are created and celebrated every day.”
A Florida native, Jeffries Hazangeles has been involved in many of Strathmore’s programs and achievements. She helped secure $110 million in public and private funding for the Music Center at Strathmore, which opened in 2005.
Strathmore Children’s Chorus and the annual Latin Dance Competition for high school students are some of the projects she has been closely involved in.
She also played a role in the opening of AMP, Strathmore’s first offsite venue which features a 230-seat live-music and dining area in Pike and Rose on Rockville Pike.
Jeffries Hazangeles graduated from Leadership Montgomery and is a member of InVision’s Executive Circle as well as the National Association of Music Education’s Music Policy Roundtable. She is president of Montgomery County Arts Advocates.
The Music Center at Strathmore is a 1,976-seat concert hall and is home away from home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.