10 Things About Ronald Heller & Mainly Mozart


“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

The mission of Mainly Mozart is to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music-making, and to each other. Concerts are performed by world-class artists at intimate venues which capture the spirit of Mozart and the great masters of Western Music. Ronald Heller, Mainly Mozart’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been associated with Mainly Mozart for 32 of its 33 years.

#1 I grew up in Akron, Ohio.


#2 My fourth-grade teacher is someone who positively impacted my life. She helped me through my father’s sudden death.


#3 My wife is my good luck charm.


#4 I have a grand dog. Like children, they play, and we send it home.


#5 Cairo, Egypt is my favorite travel destination. It shows how small man really is.

#6 I support Mainly Mozart because it is classical music yet on a smaller scale. For over 30 years, the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra has been home to elite Concertmasters and Principal Players in the United States. The famed Mainly Mozart Festival boasts top level players from the world’s greatest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and dozens more.


#7 Each year, the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra performs concerts at retirement homes and hospitals, sharing the joy of music and offering valuable performance opportunities and life lessons to our students.


#8 Students and families of need can enjoy the glory of live music through Mainly Mozart’s Access Amadeus Program. Over 1500 tickets are donated each year to families who otherwise would not have access to great classical music performances.


#9 Mainly Mozart recognizes the racial inequities in our Society in all its forms and the disparities it causes to our nation as a whole. We support the dismantling of systemic racism in all forms – political, social, and economic. Mainly Mozart is committed to lifting racial equity in all areas of the organization.


#10 For more than twenty-five years, Mainly Mozart has taken its programs south of the border as “Mozart Binacional.” Mainly Mozart has sponsored music camps and master classes for Mexican student musicians, art competitions for youth, and in-school music assemblies for thousands of children. Mainly Mozart maintains a close partnership with the Centro de Artes Musicales, Tijuana’s music conservatory, performing together as the Youth Orchestra of the Californias, fostering international goodwill and understanding on both sides of the border.

Mainly Mozart Gala
Saturday, May 7, 2022
5:30 pm
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine