Cleveland job for JoAnn Falletta

Cleveland job for JoAnn Falletta


norman lebrecht

August 27, 2020

The Buffalo Philharmonic chief JoAnn Falletta has been called in to help out the Cleveland Institute of Music while it searches for a music director. Falletta, one of the sanest people on the podium, will be walking on eggshells.

CIM has lost key staff to #Metoo scandals and sorely needs a reboot.




  • Afroconductor22 says:

    Will she also be teaching conducting?

  • Alastair Orr says:

    The best of luck to JoAnn Falletta in her post at the Cleveland Institute. I have greatly enjoyed her work and recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra. She has an unfussy and very professional approach to her job. Meticulously prepared on the podium.

  • Amos says:

    Superb musician and anyone who has followed her efforts at Brevard knows this is a step forward for the CIM.

  • anon says:

    Norman – it is VERY disturbing that you linked a reference (from 2018) to the controversial non-renewal of contract of a long time respected and admired CIM resident string quartet and the resignation in protest of that decision by a well respected (and retirement-aged) chamber music head with totally unrelated MeToo claims. Go back and find your own links for those issues – you slammed the wrong folks, Norman.

    Falletta is a fine addition with her excellent musicianship and proven track record of success in working with young musicians.

  • Doug says:

    Lesson for Ted Kuchar, who longingly pined for this job: stay in Ukraine where #MeToo is still the butt of jokes.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Please explain your statement more fully, Doug.
      I am not up-to-date as to what is going on in Ukraine.

  • clevelandpiano says:

    Your link to CIM losing key staff due to #metoo allegations takes us to Peter Salaff’s resignation which had absolutely nothing to do with any metoo allegations. This is misleading and false… should do better!

  • Allison P. says:

    Is she fully abandoning Buffalo or is Cleveland a side-gig?

    Why would she leave in the first place?

  • debuschubertussy says:

    Slightly misleading description–according to the CIM website, Falletta is stepping in as an “Artistic Advisor for the CIM Orchestra.” The paragraph above makes it seems like she is assuming leadership of the entire Institute.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      What is wrong with you people – why would anybody give this a ‘thumbs down’? “Debuschubertussy” is simply informing us what CIM has posted. Go give yourselves a ‘thumbs down’.

      • Anmarie says:

        It’s because people often downvote the commenter rather than the comment. For ex, check out “Sue” in other posts. She could say “God bless you” and get a slew of downvotes.

  • The industry has had real problems developing marketing strategies for women conductors since they occupy one of the most classically patriarchal positions in the entire arts world. Aside from her fine musicianship, Ms. Falletta has probably done more to solve these marketing and image problems than any other conductor. She is one of the few people who might be able to genuinely transform our concepts of what a conductor is and can be. I think CIM has made a very good choice in asking for her guidance in general as the work to overcome some past oversights. This is heartening news.

  • E says:

    She is wonderful, have worked with her, and deserves a far bigger career than she has had. deborah, can you hear me?

  • Vaquero357 says:

    And excellent conductor! She did an outstanding Bruckner Fourth with the Des Moines Symphony a few seasons ago. The Buffalo Phil sounds in fine estate on its broadcasts. And some of use even remember her as a very promising assistant conductor to the Milwaukee Symphony back in the ’80s.