Welcome, Mary Beth Johnson!

In January, we welcomed a new Director of Development, Mary Beth Johnson. Relocating from Winston-Salem, NC, she said, “I fell in love with Portsmouth when I visited family over the summer and was absolutely delighted to be invited to join The Music Hall’s first-rate team. It is a magical place, and I’m honored to be a part of such a vibrant cultural gem.” Mary Beth is no stranger to New Hampshire, adding, “Moving to Portsmouth feels much like moving home. It’s just slightly colder.” 

Mary Beth comes to us with 20 years of extensive fundraising, audience engagement, and development consultant background, having had key roles in arts organizations around the country. Prior to joining The Music Hall, Mary Beth had orchestral management positions in Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Winston-Salem. She has experience in major gift fundraising for major universities, and she managed sponsorship and membership for a number of prominent arts organizations.

She credits her passion for learning and the arts to her parents, who were thespians and raised her both on and off the stage in concert halls and theaters in Virginia. In her free time, Mary Beth loves outdoor activities like hiking, snowboarding, and kayaking, and playing the cello and fiddle. A lifelong learner, she is earning her Masters degree at Northeastern University in Organizational Leadership. Please join us in welcoming Mary Beth to The Music Hall family!