Dear Friends:

After leading a highly successful turnaround of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, President and CEO Peter Kjome asked the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors in April to launch a national search for his successor. When Peter made his decision not to seek a renewal of his contract, he also reaffirmed his commitment to a successful transition, offering to serve in a consultancy role as the search progressed.

Yesterday, Peter led his final meeting of the Board for the Fiscal Year; and, today, Peter begins his official consultancy role. In moving to a consultancy role now, and with the full backing and support of the Board, Peter is entrusting the interim management of the organization to an extremely talented Executive Team and staff.

During Peter’s time at the helm, the BSO has made substantial progress. We are grateful to Peter for his many outstanding contributions and efforts to leave the BSO on a path of forward momentum.

Bolstered by the recent receipt of federal emergency relief and state bridge funding, the Orchestra is actively preparing to open the 2021-22 Season of Discovery marked by a return of full audiences; an expanded digital platform including live-streamed concerts and Season 2 of BSO Sessions; the debut of Artistic Advisor James Conlon; and an exciting line up of fourteen guest conductors as we embark on a multi-year, international Music Director search. Beyond the stage, our expansive educational programming will also resume in-person, including the opening of OrchKids’ 11th Baltimore City School Site and the 10th season of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Stay tuned for more information on these and more initiatives in the weeks ahead.

With great faith in our interim plans, I am also pleased to share progress in our search for Peter’s successor. We have engaged the professional search firm, Management Consultants for the Arts, to guide us, and have assembled a diverse search committee representative of Board, musicians, and executive staff. The BSO is tied to the health and vibrancy of Baltimore, Montgomery County, and all of Maryland, and I am optimistic in our efforts to find the BSO’s next inspirational and dynamic leader.

As always, thank you for your unwavering support. We look forward to seeing you in September!

With gratitude,

Barry F. Rosen
Board Chair