Paul Meecham’s role doesn’t involve taking the podium at the Meyerhoff, but as President and CEO he keeps the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra running and makes the business decisions. This week, Meecham announced he is departing for Utah.
Meecham will become President and CEO of the Utah Symphony Orchestra on July 1, the organizations said. The Utah Symphony is one 15 year-round symphonies in the U.S., and also includes the Utah Opera. The opera and orchestra also run a summer music festival in Park City.
Following stints leading symphonies in Seattle, London, New York and San Francisco, Meecham came to Baltimore in 2006. He is credited with bringing financial stability with balanced budgets. He also worked with music director Marin Alsop to increase access to the community with the OrchKids program in schools and a $25 subscription pricing model that made tickets more affordable. The BSO’s board will conduct a search for his successor.
Meecham will depart at the end of his 10th year, and the BSO’s 100th anniversary year. They’re set to celebrate with a concert featuring violinist Josh Bell next week.
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