The executive revolving door at the largest budget orchestras has been working overtime this season. Here at the tail end of the 2016/17 season, we’ve seen more than half of the CEOs at the Big 8 orchestras vacate their post.
- First up was San Francisco Symphony, where long time Executive Director, Brent Assink, started off the season announcing he would be stepping down at the end of the season.
- Shortly thereafter, National Symphony Orchestra announced Executive Director, Rita Shapiro, would be gone by the end of 2016 (that position has been filled by Gary Ginstling).
- 2017 had barely arrived and New York Philharmonic President, Matthew VanBesien, decided to jump ship for an executive post in academia.
- That announcement was barely cold before New York released news they were poaching LA Philharmonic CEO Deborah Borda, who officially left her LA post on June 1, 2017.
- And now we have the Philadelphia Orchestra’s announcement that CEO Allison B. Vulgamore is out at the end of her current contract on December 31, 2017.
That leaves the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra in tact; although the latter two both appointed new CEOs in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
On the other end of that spectrum is Boston’s Mark Volpe, who began his current tenure as the orchestra’s Managing Director in 1997.
There you have it, any guesses on who’s going where next?