Dear BSO Musicians,
As we prepare for another unforgettable season, I want to assure you that despite the departure of our Executive Director Eileen Brownell at the beginning of this month, you can be confident that the Board of Directors and our team of professional staff are deeply committed to continuing our programming as usual.
Going forward, the highly accomplished and efficient staff members will continue to focus on administration, operations, marketing, development, and other key functions of the BSO. The Board will retain overall responsibility for the BSO’s fulfillment of its mission, including oversight, guidance, and representation to the community. Likewise, Music Director Yaniv Attar will continue to apply his unique musical vision as we plan ahead to our 49th Season. A formal press release about Eileen’s departure will be distributed in the coming week.
Currently, the Board is finalizing the process and timeline for an Executive search and selection process, and we will be making updated announcements soon. As a small but vital and dynamic organization, it is critical that our next Executive Director be able to manage a high performance team, budget and finances, fundraising, community relations, and other tasks that reflect the BSO artistic and community mission.
I understand that disruptions like this one may bring about feelings of uncertainty. Please see the note below for more context regarding the resignation. Additionally, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please reach out to your Player Committee representatives, Sandra Payton or Jim Quist. I want to thank you for your ongoing dedication to the music arts in our community and to the BSO.
Together, let’s make this another year of powerful, beautiful, and inspiring music-making!
President, BSO Board of Directors
Please refer to the information below for more context regarding the recent departure of Executive Director Eileen Brownell. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to direct them to your Players Committee representatives, Sandra Payton or Jim Quist.
Please note: This document is for internal use only and is not intended to be distributed outside the organization. Thank you for your understanding and discretion.
IMPACT ON THE UPCOMING SEASON
All members of the BSO remain fully committed to the mission to engage, connect, and uplift our community by performing powerful, beautiful, and inspiring music. Although the Executive Director can be a very important leader and catalyst in fulfilling this mission, the organization has the strength to adapt to a gap in any one role when necessary.
More details will be announced as part of an organized search and selection process.