A Letter from the President | December 2016
It is with mixed emotions that I tell you I have accepted an offer to serve as the 8th President of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
I will remain the CSO and Pops President through mid-April and will commit myself fully to this organization and our continued progress over these next six months, at which point I will transition into my new role.
My recent decision to leave the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and this community was a very difficult one, and I want assure you that I’m fully committed to the organization through mid-April, and that the CSO is primed for future success. There was only one organization that could pull me away from the CSO and that was Interlochen, Michigan’s largest arts institution. I have had a lifelong connection to the Interlochen area. Most important, I feel a deep responsibility at this point in my career to nurture the next generation of artists, citizens and leaders, and Interlochen represents this opportunity for me.
My eight years with the CSO have been among the most challenging and rewarding of my professional life, and I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together. And those accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. The New York Times summed it up nicely last year when they printed, “The orchestra world is all too familiar with vicious cycles of mounting deficits, dwindling audiences, difficulty raising money and cuts. But at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, things are moving happily in the opposite direction: think crescendo, not diminuendo.”
You have made these successes possible. Over these past eight years, the organization’s financial turnaround, artistic triumphs, and expanded engagement throughout the community represent a collective effort. The many positive outcomes have been possible thanks to collaborative work across the organization between the Board, musicians, administration, artistic leadership, volunteers, audiences and donors. It is truly the dream team, and I am grateful to have worked with so many wonderful people.
I will leave very confident that the CSO will continue to advance the mission—to seek and share inspiration—and further the vision to engage audiences and community better than any other orchestra in the world. The state of the Orchestra is strong because the people associated with the Orchestra are second to none.
I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished together. My time with the CSO, Pops and May Festival has been without a doubt the highlight of my career, and I will give all I possibly can over the next six months to this organization I love so much. On behalf of my family, we will very much miss Cincinnati. This community—and the many friendships we have established here—have been our greatest blessings. Thank you for embracing us, and we will always be champions of Cincinnati and the CSO, the Pops and the May Festival.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great organization. It has been my honor and privilege, and I look forward to our work together in the months to come. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!
With great appreciation,