Sunday, June 30, 2013

Musicians as Orchestra Executives

Back in September 2012, the board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra plucked Mark Niehaus from the ranks of its trumpet section and appointed him president and CEO. On Wednesday, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra replaced disgraced executive director Richard Dare with acting principal oboist James Roe.

Hopefully, hiring from within will help both of these orchestras avoid the distrust between musicians, management, and board has exacerbated so many of the recent crises in American orchestras. It's heartening, I hope it works, and it will be exciting to see if it becomes a trend.