For San Diego arts organizations, 2015 shaping up as year of transition

Posted on: January 7, 2015

“Whether embracing new priorities, new leadership or new opportunities, San Diego’s key musical institutions are in transition,” writes James Chute in Sunday’s (1/4) San Diego Union-Tribune. At the San Diego Symphony, CEO Martha Gilmer “has been engaged in a ‘getting to know you’ process since she arrived in early October, talking with donors, community leaders, board members and musicians. She’s the sort of leader who is always listening, but expect her in 2015 to start making her vision for the orchestra a reality. With the impending departure of Jahja Ling in 2017, she and the board have the opportunity to find a music director who can be a partner in transforming the symphony into a more vibrant, forward-looking organization and solidify its commitment to the community…. There will undoubtedly be changes in the orchestra education and outreach programs as well, aspects of an orchestra’s mission in which Gilmer excelled while vice president of artistic planning and audience outreach at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.” Also covered in the article are the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego State University music department, as well as San Diego Opera, which will be naming a new general director in 2015, and Mainly Mozart, where Michael Francis officially begins as music director in 2015. 

Posted January 7, 2015

Pictured: The San Diego Symphony and Music Director Jahja Ling