RSC routinely aligns with top industry experts to multiply our strengths and deepen our effectiveness. In engagement after engagement, these alliances have delivered results that transformed organizations.


Paul Hogle

Principal, Hogle's Hires
President, Cleveland Institute of Music


With more than thirty years of successful executive leadership for America’s most respected, innovative, and accomplished major-league orchestras Paul Hogle has developed a vast network of leaders in the performing arts community. Paul has extensive experience in Board, volunteer, staff, political, financial, educational, and institutional arenas.

As President of the Cleveland Institute of Music – a world-renowned independent conservatory of music, Paul leads the organization’s faculty and staff, and works collectively with the board on fundraising and organizational growth.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016, Hogle served as Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).  During his tenure, the DSO increased annual fundraising to $17 million, doubled its donor base to more than 10,000 and added nearly $40 million in new endowment commitments, which has led to operating surpluses for the past three fiscal years; built an audience development program that increased attendance and DSO’s subscription base by 50 percent; helped architect the DSO’s unprecedented, highly-publicized turnaround following one of the most tumultuous times in its history; and spearheaded investment in digital technologies that supports live webcasts of all DSO classical concerts, an initiative that reports one million views in more than 100 countries.

Mr. Hogle was also adjunct professor at Wayne State University in the undergraduate Music Business program and is a founding faculty member for Roosevelt University’s Arts Administration Master’s Degree program. 

Prior to his time at the DSO, Mr. Hogle served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Learning at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where he led growth in developing professional, philanthropic, and education resources, with achievements that included a 50 percent increase in annual fundraising; $100 million raised for capital and endowment; and directed the acclaimed Talent Development Program, which prepares African-American and Latino students with training to enter higher-education music degree programs.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Hogle has helped lead several of the country’s most respected orchestras including Baltimore, Chicago and Indianapolis symphony orchestras.

As the Principal of Hogle’s Hires, Paul taps into his deep network of highly-qualified prospects, helping to place the best talent in the right executive position, thereby strengthening the arts and cultural industry.


Christopher Stager

Principal, CRStager

In 1999, Christopher Stager introduced CRStager marketing & audience development to help orchestras, opera companies, and performing arts presenters focus their marketing challenges around the specific contour of their community, rather than presumed industry audience trends. In close collaboration with each client, the institution's specific values and its market potential are defined. Marketing plans are developed to communicate those values and build the base of active ticket buyers.

This "values-based" philosophy has had positive results for institutions throughout the nation. As the most trusted name in providing marketing and creative services to the nation's orchestras, CRStager has built audiences for Baltimore Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony and numerous others. CRStager marketing also created the marketing plan and built the audience for all four years (2011-1014) for Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall. He has provided creative materials to these organizations, as well as to New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and others. In virtually every case, clients have experienced significant, sustainable audience growth.

“Relationships are at the heart of what we do.  Partnering with other top-level service providers is one way RSC enhances its commitment to the client.”
— Robert Swaney, Founder & CEO

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