Personnel changes at Boston Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: January 11, 2022

“With the announcement of two new executives at the Boston Symphony Orchestra … comes news of two major departures,” writes Susan Elliott in Monday’s (1/10) Musical America (subscription required). “Ellen Highstein, with the BSO for 25 years, will exit as director of the Tanglewood Music Center; Sue Elliott, founding leader of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, which she launched in 2019, leaves for an executive post at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The two jobs have essentially been merged into one, with the appointment of Asadour Santourian as Vice President of the Tanglewood Music Center & Learning. Highstein, who has planned most of 2022, will return next summer to run TMC and direct the 2022 Festival of Contemporary Music. Santourian arrives from the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he has been VP for artistic administration and artistic advisor for 18 years. Previously he was in senior positions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gergiev Festival, and the Minnesota Orchestra…. Also new as of this month is Maureen Flores, in the position of chief development officer. Flores has been with Bentley University since 2014 and, since 2017, has been its VP for advancement.”