New York Philharmonic loses a new v-p

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.





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

    • 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.

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

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

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