GDYO Announces New Executive Director

After a national search process, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) has named Cathy Hernandez as the organization’s new executive director. The selection follows the announcement of the retirement of Charles Moore who has served GDYO in the executive director role for 20 years.

“Cathy is passionate about music and about providing great opportunities for young people,” notes Richard Giangiulio, Music Director and Conductor. “She is a perfect fit for GDYO. Her excellence as a leader will ensure a bright future for GDYO.”

Hernandez has twenty years of experience with most of her career in either Executive Director or Director of Development positions for various arts organizations, mostly recently with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and also with the Arts Council Northeast, Artes de la Rosas, and Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Her professional accomplishments have been recognized by the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US State Department, and the Kennedy Center. She recently served as Ballet Memphis’s Director of Development to help raise their $3.3 million annual budget while also raising over $9 million for their New City New Dance Campaign in just a year-and-a-half.

Hernandez is a graduate of the University of North Texas as well as Drexel University with degrees in Music and Arts Administration. Hernandez has served on the boards of South Arts, VSA Arts Texas, Texas Nonprofit Theaters, and International Performing Arts for Youth. 

“As a Dallas native and proud GDYO Alum (1985 – 1990), I fostered my love of the arts as a young cellist playing under the batons of Michael Coren and later Richard Giangiulio,” said Hernandez. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve today’s young musicians and their families while growing this incredible organization that has meant so much to me and my family. It’s a huge honor to now return in this new capacity to hopefully make a lifelong impact on other children and their families for generations to come."

Ms. Hernandez will begin her duties with GDYO in late May. Board Chair Nita Clark says this about Ms. Hernandez, “Cathy brings an ideal set of talents, passions and experiences to this position. I am absolutely confident that she and our exceptional staff will take GDYO to new heights and into exciting new territory, while preserving the great core of the 44-year-old organization.”