Joshua Worby, Executive & Artistic Director
Appointed as Executive Director in 2006, Joshua Worby oversees the Westchester Philharmonic's administration, operations, educational programs, and fundraising. Since 2008 he has also been chief architect of the Philharmonic's concert seasons, programming repertoire and engaging and collaborating with conductors and soloists including Jaime Laredo, Ted Sperling, Raymond Leppard, Jeremy Denk, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jahja Ling, Marvin Hamlisch, Cho-Liang Lin, George Manahan, Tomomi Nishimoto, and Itzhak Perlman. Prior to the Phil, he was Executive Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra from 2001 - 2006.
Before entering the orchestra field, Mr. Worby worked in the for-profit business arena. At the National Basketball Association he managed licensing and sponsorships, including the roll-outs of the inaugural 1992 "Dream Team," the WNBA, and the NBA Store on Fifth Ave. He later co-founded one of the earliest e-commerce businesses, Justballs!, a sporting goods website for which he and his partners raised over $18 million in venture capital, and which was accorded numerous industry honors and awards, including Forbes Magazine's "Best of the Best."
A former clarinetist, Mr. Worby received his BA in Music Theory and Composition from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with interdisciplinary studies in theater and dance. As a graduate theater student at Columbia University he studied directing and acting with Jose Quintero and Bernard Beckerman, while also composing and performing live scores for Richard III, Slaveship, Shep in Rep, and the U.S. debut of Cao Yu's Peking Man. He was later invited by Gene Feist to join the Roundabout Theatre's Repertory Company, where as an actor he played lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and performed in Roundabout's main stage productions as an actor-musician in Enrico IV and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Mr. Worby serves on the New York State Council for the Arts special diversity task force, and, in 2016 was recognized as a "Diversity Champion" by the Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals for his unique accomplishments, community involvement and diversity advocacy. He serves as a panelist on NYSCA’s Regional Economic Development Council and has served on the boards of directors of the League of American Orchestras, the New School for Music Study, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, and New Jersey Opera.