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Soraya’s Thor Steingraber Honored

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Musical America, the oldest influential American magazine covering music, drama, and dance since 1899, has named Thor Steingraber, above, Executive Director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at CSUN as one of its Top 30 Professionals for 2023. The annual report profiles thoughtful, creative, and innovative leaders who persistently and relentlessly strive to ensure the performing arts remain vital in their communities.

Steingraber’s artistic career spans more than 20 years, directing at major venues from Lincoln Center to theaters in Europe and Asia. Los Angeles has long been his artistic home where his work for Los Angeles Opera could be seen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 1994 to 2008. Steingraber also taught and directed at Yale School of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the Curtis Institute. Since his appointment to The Soraya in 2014, Steingraber has brought acclaim to the 1700-seat venue. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, The Soraya has come to be known as home to many Los Angeles artists and arts organizations, and Steingraber’s lifetime experience as a producer has brought to The Soraya some of the most innovative and diverse programming in the region. 

Steingraber is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and was its first Fellow for Arts and Culture. He was subsequently Vice President of two of the nation’s largest performing arts centers – The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, where he was responsible for opening Grand Park and establishing the vision that has made the park vital to LA as the home to its many celebrations and holidays. 

“CSUN is honored to recognize and celebrate Thor Steingraber on being recognized as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of 2023,” said Erika D. Beck, PHD, President Cal State Northridge. “CSUN, the greater Los Angeles region, and the performing arts world have benefitted from his leadership and service.”  

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