Before You Have Any Discussions About The Cleveland Orch Dismissals, You MUST Read The Investigators’ Report

Based on reader feedback, it seems the Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra link in yesterday’s article was something easily missed. Nonetheless, it contains critical information to begin developing a comprehensive perspective on the topic.

Adaptistration People 057Regardless if you’re still forming your own thoughts, engaging in online discussions, or have face to face conversations you absolutely need to process everything from the report before going too far down those paths.

News reports have been great, but the initial crop of articles mostly follow the talking points from the Cleveland Orchestra’s press statement, which provides a fraction of the information found in the report (not to mention filter out any negative conclusions from the report about institutional behavior).

The table of contents, in and of itself, demonstrates why this is must-read material:

  1. Scope of Investigation
  2. Naming Conventions and Confidentiality
  3. Key Findings
    1. William Preucil
      1. Background
      2. Findings of Sexual Misconduct Committed by Preucil
      3. Awareness of Preucil’s Misconduct by Orchestra Management and Members of the Board
      4. Statements by Preucil
      5. Conclusions
    2. Massimo La Rosa
      1. Background
      2. Findings of Sexual Misconduct Committed by La Rosa
      3. Board and Management Awareness of La Rosa’s Conduct
      4. Statements by La Rosa
      5. Conclusions
  4. Conclusion

We’ll be taking a deeper dive into the report next week. In the meantime, you can download a copy from Cleveland Orchestra’s website:

Read And Download The Full Report

And just in case it becomes unavailable, I saved a copy, which you can download here.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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