Volpe To Leave Boston Symphony Orchestra In 2021 | WAMC

Volpe To Leave Boston Symphony Orchestra In 2021

Jan 22, 2020

The longtime president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will retire in a year.

Mark Volpe will have led the orchestra for 23 years by the time he retires at the end of February 2021. He oversaw the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Tanglewood, as well as the orchestra’s real estate holdings in Boston and the Berkshires.

Volpe previously held leadership positions with orchestras in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Detroit over his 37-year career.

During his tenure, the Lenox, Massachusetts campus of Tanglewood extended its schedule into a full-season program for the first time. He also led the organization as it dealt with the fallout of sexual misconduct allegations against former music director James Levine.

Barbara W. Hostetter, the new chair of the BSO board of trustees, will oversee the search for Volpe’s replacement.