The embattled Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is losing its embattled CEO. According to an article by Mary Carole McCauley in the 4/26/21 edition of the Baltimore Sun, the BSO’s CEO, Peter Kjome, is leaving the group after his contract expires in January 2022.
In light of the fact that the BSO’s Music Director, Marin Alsop, is leaving six months prior, it’s tough to miss the timing. Speaking of timing, the BSO went through an especially nasty labor dispute right before the pandemic hit.
When you wrap all of this together, it isn’t difficult to see why the BSO may be facing an especially steep challenge when it comes to finding new executive leadership.
Typically, when a CEO departs, the organization compiles a list of accomplishments under the outgoing executive’s tenure. But the Sun article is appreciably devoid of those details. Granted, the current board chair describes the gig as a “plumb job” but the BSO is almost certainly hip deep in music director search process (or they should be) and attracting the best CEO candidate can be even more challenging if the individual doesn’t have the ability to influence that process from the onset.
Time will tell.