Patrick O’Herron grew up in the Southern Tier of New York State where he was actively involved in the arts, including the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Elmira Little Theatre, and the Horseheads High School Marching Blue Raiders. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from James Madison University and a master’s degree in arts management from the University at Buffalo. He started his arts management career at the BPO in the box office, then served as BPO Education Coordinator for two seasons. He also performed in the BPO’s concert productions of Funny Girl and Kiss Me Kate.
O’Herron left in 2012 to pursue opportunities with the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, and with the national advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. He then served as Marketing and Communications Director for Arts Brookfield, where he oversaw the national strategy for one of the largest privately-funded public arts programs in the world. He most recently served as Public Programming and Events Manager for CBRE, where he was responsible for producing and marketing public events in the Wall Street area, including the recent launch of the annual Sing for Hope Pianos Project, in which 50 artist-designed pianos were put on display for the public to play and enjoy, and later refurbished and donated to underserved New York City public schools.