Baltimore Symphony disavows principal flutist’s social-media posts containing conspiracy theories

Posted on: February 17, 2021

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra issued a public rebuke over the weekend to its principal flutist over her social media posts that push conspiracy theories about topics such as the coronavirus and election fraud,” writes Tim Prudente in Tuesday’s (2/16) Baltimore Sun. “The orchestra announced Saturday on its social media accounts that it wanted to acknowledge the posts by principal flutist Emily Skala, which have questioned the safety of the coronavirus vaccine, the efficacy of face masks and the authenticity of the presidential election results. ‘We … do not condone nor support the words or sentiments expressed in these posts,’ orchestra officials wrote. ‘Ms. Skala does not speak for the BSO, nor do her statements reflect our core values or code of conduct …’ The orchestra … issued its statement after social media users drew attention to Skala’s public posts … BSO President and CEO Peter Kjome said … the organization would not comment on any potential disciplinary action stemming from the posts, as it was a personnel matter. Reached by phone, Skala said her posts were not intended to offend…. Facebook has flagged her posts for containing false information…. As of Monday afternoon, the BSO’s Facebook post had drawn about 570 comments.”