Massey to step down in May after a year as Louisville Orchestra CEO

Posted on: February 18, 2020

“Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Massey is leaving after just one year,” writes Savannah Eadens in Friday’s (2/14) Courier Journal (Louisville, Kentucky). “Massey said it was a mutual decision and that the job was not what he expected when he came to Louisville a year ago from Florida, where he had been the president and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony for four years. His departure was first confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon from orchestra board President John Malloy. In an interview with The Courier Journal on Friday evening, Massey said he and the orchestra’s board members examined the organization’s vision and strategies and realized they weren’t aligned…. Massey said he will officially leave his post May 8. The Louisville Orchestra said Massey’s departure is ‘in accordance with our contract.’… Kim Tichenor, a violinist in the orchestra and chair of the musician committee, said … ‘We wish Robert Massey well and we are pleased to know that the chairman of the board, John Malloy, will lead the search for a new director, and that the musicians in the orchestra will be a part of that process,’ Tichenor said…. Besides the Jacksonville Symphony, Massey previously led Orchestra Iowa and the Washington Bach Consort.”