The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that Executive Vice President ARI SOLOTOFF will step down from that post in February 2012, but will continue with the orchestra through the end of April to provide transition assistance. The decision is a personal one, as he intends to pursue a Juris Doctor degree full-time at the University of Maine School of Law. Solotoff first joined the Philadelphia Orchestra staff in May 2010 when he was named to the newly created post of chief of staff and director of planning. He had spent the previous four years as executive director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Previous posts include chief operating officer at The Louisville Orchestra and, before that, executive director of the Pensacola (Fla.) Symphony Orchestra. As a student he interned in the Communications Department of the San Francisco Symphony. Following graduation he participated in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar and was subsequently selected for its Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, which he completed in June 2003.
Posted November 18, 2011