Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took some time to perform some much needed behind-the-scenes maintenance at Adaptistration. During that process, I came across an article published on 02/03/2004 entitled The Executive Shuffle which examined the movement of orchestra executives across the country and after reading over the list of individuals on that list, I noticed that exactly half of them have already moved on to different positions. As such, I though it was high time to examine those changes and report on who moved where …
1. Former Alabama Symphony executive Paul Ferrone came to the Alabama Symphony position from Hartford Symphony Orchestra where he served as general manager. In October, 2006 Paul resigned from his position and within a month formed a Limited liability Company consulting firm targeting nonprofit organizations.
2. Former Charleston Symphony executive Sandy Ferencz. Sandy came to the Charleston Symphony as an outsider. Unfortunately for the orchestra, it didn’t’ take long for her to move right back out and just this week, the Charleston Post and Courier reports that the organization is on the verge of collapse.
3. Former New Jersey Symphony Orchestra executive Simon Woods remained in that position for barely one year. Simon, a U.K. native, has since returned to the U.K. to assume an executive position with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Since his departure, the organization has suffered a continuing series of financial setbacks but after several months of searching, they recently selected organ maker André Gremillet to serve as their new President & CEO.
4. Former Roanoke Symphony executive Paul Chambers came to the organization after presiding over the collapse of the Savannah Symphony. He left the position in May, 2006 after running up more than $480,000 in debt and coming under criticism for nepotistic behavior when hading out administrative work contracts. Shortly thereafter, the organization appointed Roanoke native and former general manager Brian Black to serve as their new executive director.
5. Former Seattle Symphony executive Paul Meecham left the organization shortly after a public showdown between the SSO’s music director and musicians over the MD’s contract extension. Shortly thereafter, Paul made a lateral move to a similar position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to replace the organization’s controversial executive, James Glicker; an individual who stayed in that position for less than two years.
Perhaps not surprisingly, there’s quite a bit more going on than just the above individuals and as time permits, I’ll put together a more comprehensive list.