A Message from Allison Vulgamore
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
After much reflection and soul searching, I have decided to conclude my service as the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra concurrent with my expiring contract date of December 31, 2017. I have not come to this decision easily or lightly, but I believe that the timing is right both for the long-term work of the Association and for me personally.
My eight-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, has been a shared journey of unprecedented recovery and rebirth for the Association, and certainly the most professionally rewarding time of my own work leading orchestras. As I have pondered our success and my own career aspirations, I am convinced it is the right time for the next chapter of leadership. I look forward to witnessing the excitement this will bring for this Orchestra that I treasure, and I likewise embrace with great personal anticipation what a future chapter holds for me.
The Orchestra as an institution is now on significantly more solid footing, both artistically and financially, the next strategic plan has recently obtained Board approval, and strong senior management is firmly in place, as is our beloved music director. I know the Orchestra is well positioned for positive, continuing evolution. The significance of Yannick's concert programming has created joy in our concert halls and attracted loyal patrons, the HEAR community service initiatives have grounded us with our neighbors, and the Orchestra's residency work in China receives unparalleled accolades.
I am filled with much pride stemming from the many accomplishments our collective work has helped bring to our storied institution. I have been fortunate to work with a remarkable Board chair in Richard Worley, a dedicated Board of Directors, and a talented staff.
I recognize that we still have many goals and aspirations that have yet to be achieved, and believe that we have built a solid foundation on which to fulfill them. I look forward to continuing to advance our shared agenda for the remainder of my term.
Of my 37 years dedicated to serving orchestras since leaving Oberlin Conservatory, the last 25 as president and CEO of two exemplary American orchestras have provided me with rich experiences, strategic challenges, and many proud achievements.
I shall always be deeply grateful that The Philadelphia Orchestra is where I both began my career in orchestra management in 1980 and now continue to celebrate the truly incomparable Sound of the Fabulous Philadelphians. I thank the musicians—and all in our community—for that joy and for the opportunity I enjoyed to lead this very special institution.