Just in: Sydney Symphony sheds its chief

Just in: Sydney Symphony sheds its chief


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2021

Emma Dunch has left the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with immediate effect, claiming she has been a victim of a ‘politically architected ‘hit job’ of the highest order’.

Dunch says she will be pursuing a case for harrassment.

She was previously a cultural PR in New York and had not run an orchestra before.

Australia is looking for another new captain.

SMH report here


  • John Chunch says:

    What a peculiar case. Hopefully she lands on her feet. I hear rumors of an opening at the Cleveland Orchestra.

    • Jane G. says:

      She moved back to Australia to be with her aging mother & other family. Don’t think they’ll be coming back to the States.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    “Equity, diversity, inclusion” over and over and over. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

  • Doug Grant says:

    CEO of a symphony has to have political and relational skills of the highest order, as well as “knowing the job”. Looks like they were lacking here.

  • Harry Dahlsjo says:

    Architect is not a verb.