Massive staff clearout at Baltimore Symphonymain
We are hearing of sweeping administrative redundancies at the orchestra, following Paul Meecham’s resignation as president and his departure for Salt Lake City.
The board, saying they were seeking ‘radical change’ conducted a staff-wide audit and sacked anyone whose job they felt duplicated another person’s.
Meecham was already doing two jobs – that of president and general operations manager.
His successor will probably face the same double role.
But he or she will, at least, enter a lean operation and have a chance to hire their own people.
At this point, there is only one senior administrator left – the VP of Development. The Board Chair is acting as interim executive director. And, we hear, has been forced to dip into the endowment to meet the payroll.