Howard Herring is a native of Oklahoma, a pianist by training, and now President and CEO of the New World Symphony. In 1986, he became executive director of the Caramoor Music Festival, leading that institution through the establishment of an endowment and the creation of two programs; Rising Stars/Caramoor Virtuosi and Bel Canto at Caramoor. He assumed leadership at the New World Symphony in 2001 with the charge of revitalizing the institution national and international profile. In January 2011, New World Symphony opened a new musical laboratory designed by Frank Gehry, on time and on budget. The program-driven building was designed to explore digital technology, establishing the New World Symphony as a major new crossroads of Western musical thought.