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Marnie Mitze

Marnie Duke Mitze

Executive Director

Marnie is delighted to serve as the new executive director of the Philharmonic. She assumed her role in February 2020 following in the footsteps of long-serving executive director Christine Samons who retired in January 2020.

Marnie has decades of arts administration experience. She began her career in 1978 at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she served as assistant director to the Polish violinist, Roman Totenberg. Her career then led to management positions at the School of Music at University of Redlands, the performing arts series at UC Riverside, and the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University.

After 16 years as managing director of the Pepperdine arts center, Marnie moved to a new executive role serving as Vice President and Chief of Staff to Pepperdine’s president before her retirement in July 2019. Marnie earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University.

Marnie and her husband Tom (also a veteran arts administrator) reside in Palm Desert and Lake Arrowhead.

Michael Flannigan

Ticketing and Administrative Coordinator

Michael Flannigan joined the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic family as of September 2021 and is excited to immerse himself in the symphony environment again.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Music at University of Colorado, Boulder with an emphasis in saxophone performance.  After graduating from college, Michael began his arts administration career as a ticketing agent at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (when it was still known as Robert Garner’s Center Attractions & Denver Center Theater Company); followed by a 1-year stint as Assistant Box Office Manager at The Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay. Having grown up in California and Colorado, Michael returned to the other “sunshine state” in 1990 after receiving a job offer from the San Francisco Symphony, where he worked for 15 years - first as ticket services assistant then as orchestra personnel administrator.   In 2005 Michael bid farewell to the foggy city by the bay and moved to Palm Springs full time. He quickly found a wonderful job opportunity at the McCallum Theatre as assistant box office manager for 7 years followed by 8 years as an education program coordinator.

Michael has lived in the DeMuth Park neighborhood of Palm Springs since 2012 with his three children – two Corgis (Philip & Lola) and a rescue Chihuahua/Dachshund mix named Tommy.

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