In the Sunday, May 23rd edition of the Kansas City Star, music critic Paul Horsley wrote an excellent article entitled Decision Time. It’s about how orchestras set about selecting a new music director and it focuses on the current music director search being undertaken by the Kansas City Symphony. It’s a well written article that’s worth your time to read and in the spirit of full disclosure; it includes a few quotes from me. But the real interesting sections include comments and observations from KCS musicians and long time KCS patrons.
You certainly can’t underestimate the value of a good music director, but at the same time they are not the end-all be-all figures they once were. I’ll be covering music director compensation very soon as well as examining their impact on an orchestra, good and bad. Stay tuned