Two musicians join search for Chicago managermain
Our friend Andrew Patner reports that two musicians have been co-opted onto the small group that is searching for a successor to Deborah Rutter at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
This is a welcome and progressive development, engineered by board chairman Jay Henderson, a vice chair of accounting giant PricewaterhouseCooper LLP. It is very much a sign of the times.
Little over a decade ago, leading US orchestras appointed a music director without bothering to consult the musicians. Today, especially in the wake of the Minnesota disaster, sensible organisations have become aware that musicians must have a say in all senior appointments.