Hard-hat orchestra boss quits music

Hard-hat orchestra boss quits music


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2017

Amy Adkins, who led the Fort Worth Symphony Association in a brutal showdown with its musicians last year, will leave the orchestra in July to head the All Saints Health Foundation in Fort Worth.

Ms Adkins had been president of the orchestra for six years. Her handling of the musicians’ dispute was notable for its confrontational stance. We hope she will do better at patient care.

She certainly won’t be missed by the musicians.

Obligatory encomia follow.

“It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve this great organization for nearly two decades,” said Ms. Adkins. “I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together and am deeply grateful for the support and collaboration of our incredible Board of Directors, administration, volunteers and patrons. With a four-year contract in place with the musicians and the recent growth we are achieving in donor support, the Orchestra is well-positioned for continued success.”

“We are very sad to see Amy leave, but we are grateful for her many years of exemplary leadership and passionate devotion to this institution,” said FWSO Board Chair Mercedes T. Bass. “We are especially appreciative that she ushered the organization through its recent difficult period and that her perseverance and hard work has left the Orchestra in a more stable place.”

“I congratulate Amy on her new position at All Saints Health Foundation,” said FWSO Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya. “For her entire tenure at the FWSO, Amy and I have walked together through many highs and lows, excellent times and very difficult times. I deeply appreciate the work she has done for the organization and the support she has given me in my artistic endeavors, and I look forward to continuing our friendship and civic partnership as leaders in our beloved Fort Worth.”


  • Amy Adams says:

    Doesn’t it just say everything – Ms. Adkins fails to even acknowledge the FWSO musicians in her farewell.