Steven Shaiman

Susan Hartmann

Veteran arts administrator Steven Shaiman has been named the Director of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and HHSO Education and Community Engagement by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, while Susan Hartmann has been hired for the newly created position of development associate.

Shaiman previously served as senior vice president/director of artist management at Concert Artist Guild in New York City for more than 16 years.

Prior to that, he worked at IMG Artists in various capacities for nearly 13 years, managing artists including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, James Galway, André Watts, John Eliot Gardiner, The King’s Singers and Canadian Brass. 

He has also served for three decades as a volunteer trustee of the New York Youth Symphony, the organization with which he started his career as manager of operations, after earning a degree in arts management from Oberlin College.

“We are thrilled to bring someone with Steve’s experience, knowledge, passion, and successful track record in our industry to the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra,” said HHSO President and CEO, Alan Jordan.

Shaiman succeeds HHIPC Director Mona Huff, who championed the competition over 12 years, bringing it to prominent international renown during her tenure.

“I am honored to be selected as the new director of the HHIPC, since the organizational mission so closely mirrors my own career experience, in terms of showcasing musical excellence and the support and nurturing of talented young artists,” Shaiman said. “In addition, I am very excited to join Alan and his HHSO team to expand the orchestra’s impact in the Lowcountry through enhanced educational and community outreach activities.”

Shaiman will officially begin his position June 1 in a familiar setting: the League of American Orchestra’s annual conference.

Following a hybrid working situation in June, July and August, he and his wife, Laura, a seasoned music educator, will transition from their home on Long Island, New York, to the Lowcountry.

In her new role, Hartmann will be responsible for securing all contributed revenue and developing long-term relationships between the Orchestra and its patrons, donors, businesses, and the larger community.

Hartmann previously worked with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina as development administrator. The majority of her professional career was in sales and business development at technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, EMC and Brother. She graduated from Rider College and has called Hilton Head Island her full-time home since 2013.

Hartmann was the administrator of the successful $3.5 million campus restoration capital campaign at St. Luke’s Church. She lives in Indigo Run with her husband, John Austin.

“We are thrilled that Susan has joined our team,” said Jordan. “She has such a keen sense of the value of relationships, with our patrons, donors, and the wider community.”

Hartmann said, “It is an honor to be part of this great team dedicated to fulfill our vision, ‘to inspire, enrich, and unite the Lowcountry through music.’”