Dear Friends:

Thank you for your support of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I am writing to share with you that following the remarkable progress we have made as an organization, I will not be seeking the renewal of my contract that concludes in January 2022.

When I joined the BSO family in early 2017, the BSO was widely renowned for its artistic excellence and innovation, doing important work in the community to nurture bright futures for youth, and beloved by a loyal family of patrons and supporters. With that said, we were also facing significant challenges. Over the past four years, we have come together in extraordinary ways to chart the course for the future and move forward in an inspirational turnaround with confidence.

The BSO is in its strongest position in many years, with a foundation for financial stability, artistic expansion, and greater community impact. While I have never been more optimistic about the future of the Orchestra, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I am ready for a new challenge, and the BSO is ready to move forward toward a very bright future.

The Board intends to launch a national search for my successor in May. The committee will be chaired by Board Chair Barry Rosen and composed of Board and Orchestra members, staffed by the BSO’s Vice President of HR & Inclusion. The BSO will call on the guidance of an executive search firm and seek input from a cross-section of partners and stakeholders, including staff and cultural and community leaders, to help inform the search while also respecting the confidential nature of the process.

Please know I remain firmly dedicated to the shared vision we are working together to implement with the support of the community. While I will continue in my leadership role, I will not be involved in the search process. Once a new leader has been identified, I will transition to a consulting capacity through the close of my contract to ensure a seamless transition. Please read our full announcement here.

I am deeply grateful to our Board of Directors for their leadership and support, and I greatly appreciate working together in collaboration with our exceptional musicians, superb management team, Music Director Marin Alsop, and so many others.

When the time comes, I will conclude my tenure with a spirit of gratitude for the wonderful support of many people in our community who are members of the BSO family.

With gratitude,

Peter T. Kjome
President & CEO