Tallahassee Symphony conductor stepping down

Posted on: March 28, 2011

In Friday’s (3/25) Tallahassee Democrat (Florida), Paul de Revere reports, “Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra music director/conductor Miriam Burns has submitted her resignation, which will become effective at the end of the orchestra’s 2011-2012 season. Burns sent a letter dated Wednesday to the board of directors saying she had decided not to extend her engagement as music director at the end of her three-year term. ‘I will work with you to make next season an outstanding postscript to my tenure here, and, if desired, will work with you after my term is over to facilitate the transition or even cover gaps beyond my contract until a new music director is on board,’ she wrote. ‘I would like the transition to be seamless and not only professional, but exciting; a public relations bonus to the TSO and a musical gift to our audience.’ … TSO board president Sean Singleton said the board would issue a statement Tuesday regarding the resignation. ‘She just feels like it’s time to do it,’ said Beverly Ewald, a board member who houses Burns when she’s in town for rehearsals and performances. In 2006, Burns beat out a crowded field of more than 200 applicants for the post after a two-year search, becoming the first female conductor of the orchestra.”

Posted March 28, 2011