New York Philharmonic loses a new v-p

New York Philharmonic loses a new v-p


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2018

Susan Madden, hired in January by Deborah Borda as v-p in charge of development, has gone before April comes in.

Couldn’t take the heat? More likely, as an outsider, didn’t like the music world.

She will be replaced on April 9 by Marita Altman, coming from Opera Philadelphia and before that from the Met. She’ll be raiding Peter Gelb’s donor book.






  • Tiredofitall says:

    What musical chairs…Altman was in Philadelphia barely one year. Not long for a senior executive.

    • Winger says:

      Last I checked, average tenure for a development director at a big city opera company or symphony was about 2 years. People who stay for the long haul are pretty unusual.

  • Rob says:

    Miami Vice ?

  • Auber says:

    I have worked for Susan Madden. Trust me, the Philharmonic is better off without her. Deborah Borda has made the right decision.

    • NYCB says:

      Having also worked with Susan Madden, I have to also agree that the Philharmonic made the right decision.