The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) released a bevy of PR content this afternoon following today’s annual meeting. There aren’t any surprises but if there are any quick and dirty key points to take away from the DSO’s meeting recap and a letter from the DSO Executive Committee to the Board it is this: we have no plans to cut our executive loose and we are not backing down…
If nothing else, the provided recap did confirm that the DSO has hired Bruce Coppock as a consultant although what he’s doing with the organization beyond his meeting presentation is not clear. Requests for information to the DSO asking about Coppock and his work have not been returned.
What is known is that the far-reaching changes Coppock put into place at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra during his time there as the president and managing director don’t seem to be helping that organization fare any better than their peers. Over the past decade, the organization has had endured numerous staff cuts and musician base pay has been cut three times, the most recent of which was in 2009. Whether or not this was taken into account by the DSO when deciding to hire Coppock is unknown.
At the time this post was published, there was no official response at the DSO musicians’ website.