In the wake of the acrimonious labor dispute that led to a summer-season killing work stoppage, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced that the board chair who led the group through that stakeholder fight is stepping down.
While it isn’t unusual to see key leaders depart after the end of a bitter labor dispute, the BSO is asserting the change in leadership is nothing more than coincidental timing. The outgoing chair, Barbara Bozzuto, reportedly ended a five-year tenure and the board elected to name her chairwoman laureate at its most recent meeting.
The 9/26/2019 edition of the Baltimore Sun reports she will also continue as co-chair of asn ongoing BSO endowment capitalization campaign.
The BSO board elected Barry F. Rosen as the new board chair, a board member who was reportedly instrumental in getting the new one-year deal done. According to the Sun article, he is also the musicians’ preference to be the new BSO board leader.
Brian Prechtl, co-chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Musicians Players Committee, said that Rosen possesses a key trait common to effective leaders.
“Barry has shown an interest in welcoming the musicians and other constituents into the decision-making processes of the BSO,” Prechtl said. “The musicians hope for a new era of cooperation.”
We’re still waiting for more information on the one-year deal before we can take a deeper dive into details. Hopefully, that information will be made available sooner than later.