Cleveland Orchestra Dismisses Concertmaster And Principal Trombone Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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On 10/24/2018, the Cleveland Orchestra announced it terminated the employment of Concertmaster William Preucil and Principal Trombone Massimo La Rosa following the results of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. According to a press release from the orchestra, the investigation, conducted by the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, included interviews with “more than 70 individuals, including members of The Cleveland Orchestra staff, individuals who had worked with …

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Principal Trombonist Facing Sexual Misconduct Allegations Is Suspended From Teaching Position During Investigation

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While the Cleveland Orchestra announced in September, 2018 it would suspend principal trombone Massimo La Rosa pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) took a full month to follow suit. Nonetheless, according to an article by Zachary Lewis in the 10/16/2018 edition of the Plain Dealer, CIM finally came around. At the same time, they did not provide any additional details beyond a few …

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Two More Violinists Go Public With Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil

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The 10/7/2018 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that reports on two new allegations of sexual misconduct from former students of Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil. The first instance is from 2003 at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where Preucil maintained a violin studio. One of his students, Raffaela Kalmar, alleges Preucil forced himself into a position where he could look up her skirt. …

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Cleveland Orchestra Announces Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The 8/16/18 edition of The Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that reports on details surround the Cleveland Orchestra’s (CO) investigation into issues surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct against concertmaster William Preucil. The CO formally suspended Preucil on 7/27/2018 in the wake of a Washington Post article that included an account of the allegations levied by violinist Zeneba Bowers. According to a CO statement, the investigation will “investigate Mr. …

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Some Thoughts On The Washington Post Sexual Misconduct and Assault Article

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Note: this post was originally published as an essay on my Facebook wall while I was away on hiatus. This is an updated version. In the wake of the Washington Post’s 7/26/18 article that reports allegations of sexual assault against Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, there has been no shortage of online discussion. Given how small this business is, the bulk of those conversations run emotionally hot. Simply put, it’s difficult …

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