Marin Alsop to step down as Baltimore Symphony’s music director in 2021

Posted on: February 26, 2020

“After 14 years presiding over the podium for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop is stepping down,” writes Mary Carole McCauley in Wednesday’s (2/26) Baltimore Sun. “Alsop, 63, will step down as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when her contract expires in Aug. 31, 2021, the organization announced Wednesday. Alsop will assume a new role as music director laureate and OrchKids founder, and the organization will conduct an international search for her replacement…. Alsop could not immediately be reached for comment about her future plans…. Her appointment in 2007 made international headlines…. She also will be the second longest-serving of the 12 music directors who have been the artistic head of the organization.… In 2005, she became the first conductor to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, commonly known as a ‘genius grant.’ … ‘Marin has brought the orchestra to unprecedented heights and we will always be grateful for her vision and leadership,’ Barry Rosen, the chairman of the BSO board of directors, said…. Alsop will continue to help govern OrchKids, the [free music education program] that she founded…. Alsop created OrchKids in 2008 with $100,000 of her own money, but it is part of the BSO.”