Philadelphia Orchestra Veteran Jumps to Barnes

Linda Scribner Paskin, the polished and much-adored fund-raiser who has worn many hats at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Academy of Music, is leaving the organization.

Scribner will become director of development for the Barnes Foundation, orchestra president Allison Vulgamore said in a note to staff this morning. 

If there was one charming presence most responsible for the $50 million gift from Leonore Annenberg to the orchestra, it was probably Scribner. 

Writes Vulgamore:

Linda has served The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Academy of Music for 27 years, beginning her career here as the Program Book Coordinator. As we have learned over these many years, it is rare to find someone who has such keen instincts about people and what motivates them to be engaged in an organization and support it financially. Linda has shown tremendous dedication and leadership with her experience and relationships being essential to the overall success of The POA and AOM. During her extraordinary tenure Linda has assisted the Major Gift team in stewarding over $65M for both The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Academy of Music Endowment Campaigns. She has spearheaded operations and management of the Academy Ball for many years, managed Board Giving, and most recently the Recovery Fund (Bridge) for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Over the years Linda has been a champion and mentor to the many staff members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Academy of Music. Her support and leadership will be sorely missed.

"Sorely missed" is an understatement. It's a blow to an organization that, as it mulls a next fund-raising campaign in the hundreds of millions of dollars, could use all the poise and charisma it can get.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, like many orchestras and arts groups, has more talent backstage than most of the general public ever has a chance to see - resourceful true believers who are willing to put forth any amount of time and might to put the music on stage. I doubt in 27 years those ideals have co-existed in any orchestra staffer with a greater sense of fierce elegance than they have in Scribner.

Hard shoes to fill, this one will be.