Louisiana Philharmonic replaces Mollere as managing director

Posted on: June 14, 2012

In Thursday’s (6/14) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Chris Waddington and Ann Maloney report, “The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra announced Wednesday that it is naming an interim managing director to replace Babs Mollere, who will depart her post on June 30. Mollere directed the New Orleans classical ensemble as it rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina and has served it for years as a staffer and volunteer. James William Boyd, who is currently director of artistic planning and production, will fill the position until a permanent managing director is named. Mollere said she does not know why the board decided to replace her. ‘I honestly don’t understand, but I’m devoted to the institution,’ she said in a phone interview Wednesday evening. ‘I’ve worked a very long time here. There are many accomplishments that I’m very proud of.’ … Mollere said she had been in talks with Hugh W. Long, president of the LPO board of trustees, since May 15, but she was told of the change on Tuesday at a board meeting. … When reached by phone, Long said he was aboard a plane leaving town but would be available to talk when he returned. He referred calls to LPO director of marketing Sean Snyder, who could not be reached on Wednesday.”

Posted June 14, 2012