Philadelphia Orchestra’s Allison Vulgamore to step down in December

Posted on: June 21, 2017

“Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Allison B. Vulgamore will leave the post on Dec. 31, at the conclusion of her current contract,” reports Peter Dobrin in Tuesday’s (6/20) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Vulgamore took over the orchestra in 2010 after a succession of quick leadership changes there…. The next strategic plan has been approved by the board, she noted, ‘and it’s a good time to pass the baton.’ Vulgamore said that the orchestra’s next president ‘will need to raise the endowment.’ … Board chairman Richard B. Worley … called the orchestra’s fiscal accomplishments over the last few years a ‘first act’ in reaching stability. It eliminated substantial pension liabilities through bankruptcy, is sustaining operations without taking on debt, and has increased earned and contributed revenue.… Vulgamore, 59, said she will take some time to decide what to do next. She previously spent 16 years running the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.” Worley said “it was hard from the outside to appreciate, first, what courage it took for Allison to come here, and, second, how scary the path was at times for both of us.… One of our most important tasks was to prepare the orchestra for a future without us, and I think we have.’ ”

Posted June 21, 2017

Pictured: Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore (inset photo), and the Philadelphia Orchestra in performance at Verizon Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.