On October 17, 2022, Gabe Pollack joined the CMA as the new director of performing arts. Prior to that, Pollack was the manager and director of Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Cleveland’s vibrant music venue that was voted Best Jazz Club in America by readers of All About Jazz in 2019. A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Pollack holds a bachelor’s degree in music and jazz entrepreneurship with a concentration in jazz trumpet performance. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies focusing on sustainable cities, enterprise, and education.
Pollack will be responsible for the CMA’s internationally recognized performing arts program, not only at our main campus in University Circle but also at Transformer Station and the Community Arts Center on Cleveland’s near west side. In addition, he will oversee the beloved MIX, Solstice, and City Stages. With Pollack’s leadership, the museum will continue to offer a wide range of programs from classical to contemporary, featuring global music traditions as well as dance.