Toledo Symphony head passes the torch

Posted on: April 28, 2010

In Saturday’s (4/24) Toledo Blade (Ohio), Sally Vallongo writes, “Friday night’s Toledo Symphony rehearsal for tonight’s Pops Concert started a little late on the Stranahan Theater stage. Before guest conductor Michael Krajewski could slice a single downbeat, another kind of baton—a symbolic one—was passed at the top echelon of the 65-year-old organization. Longtime member Robert Bell, president and chief operating officer of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 1997, yielded both titles to Kathy Carroll, a 22-year TSO development officer and, since 2004, executive vice president. The change becomes official July 1. … Mr. Bell, 71, joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1956 as a 17-year-old percussionist at Woodward High School. He is not leaving One Symphony Space. Besides gaining emeritus status, he will become chief artistic officer and work with principal conductor Stefan Sanderling and artistic administrator Merwin Siu to plan future seasons. … [Carroll] has more than 40 years of experience in development for public and private education, public broadcasting, museums, and health care.”

Posted April 28, 2010