The Philadelphia Orchestra announced last night that its search for a successor to President and Chief Executive Officer Allison Vulgamore, who leaves at the end of the year, had failed.
Instead, it will share responsibilities between Executive Vice Presidents Ryan Fleur and Matthew Loden as Interim Co-Presidents for the time being while the headhunters ontinue to practise their dark arts.
The failure is not Philly’s alone.
There is a vacuum of top talent in US orchestras. The New York Philharmonic was forced to go on bended knee to its former prez Deborah Borda when it was unable to identify a replacement for Matthew Van Besien. The Los Angeles Phil has yet to fill Borda’s office and other groups have stuck with unsatisfactory chiefs for want of anything better on the horizon. This situation has all the ingredients of a crisis.