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DSO Concertmaster Resigns

May 26, 2011

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert’s departure to become associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony is a major blow to our orchestra, its patrons and the cultural health of southeastern lower Michigan.

Do the faulty DSO managers, along with those dangerously naive board members who continue to support them, realize just how serious Boisvert’s departure is?

For this is not simply the case of a gifted violinist flitting about from one ensemble to another. Boisvert has been Detroit’s concertmaster for 23 years. She came on board at the ripe young age of 25, the first female to hold the concertmaster’s position in a major American orchestra.

She leaves for a lesser position in Dallas trailing a glorious legacy. Not only has her solo work been consistently superb, her intense artistic personality has had a major impact on the unique sonic character of Detroit’s orchestra.

Boisvert has said that she had planned to stay in Detroit for her entire career. What lured her to Dallas, she says, is simple: the Dallas orchestra’s commitment to classical music, the intrinsic respect offered to the musicians and the emphasis placed on communication and teamwork at all levels.

What a sad indictment of the current workings of the Detroit orchestra’s board and management! What a severe wound to the struggling, post-strike musicians who are trying to maintain the health and character of their ensemble!

In a statement sent to DSO board and staff members today, executive director Anne Parsons wrote that the information about Boisvert’s departure “was released to the press directly by the Orchestra, with some of us learning about Emmanuelle’s decision at this morning’s Executive Committee meeting, from her musician peers who sit on that committee.”

Wonder why.

The fact is, orchestra is losing its major individual lynchpin. Adieu, Emmanuelle! We will miss you mightily!

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8 Comments
  1. patricia seibold permalink

    You said it all when you said:

    What lured her to Dallas, she says, is simple: the Dallas orchestra’s commitment to classical music

    Anybody looked at the music programmed since the resumption of concerts and beyond?

  2. David Kessel permalink

    As I recall, one of her comments was that ‘In Dallas, they treated me like a Queen’. In Detroit, she was treated somewhat differently, as were the other musicians. The leadership of our DSO has not changed. Why would anyone with a good offer from elsewhere want to remain behind? It can’t be the climate.

  3. judy doyle permalink

    Thank you, John.
    I hope you are read by many.
    Especially Board members who need to speak up and stand up when they are told to shut up.
    This appears to me to be a clear case of bullying.

    Judy Doyle
    Save Our Symphony
    (which we have apparently not done)

  4. barbaragf permalink

    “Do the faulty DSO managers, along with those dangerously naive board members who continue to support them, realize just how serious Boisvert’s departure is?” Obviously not. “. . . continue to support them . . . is the issue. They DON’T support them. They challenge, demean, and otherwise think of them all as disposable.

  5. Christen Williams permalink

    I am absolutely horrified by this. Horrified and outraged as I feel that my future as a professional in the arts industry is more than in jeopardy. Throughout this entire fiasco, I have attempted to keep a neutral stand but this news shows where the fault lies. The fact that Emmanuelle has decided to completely uproot for this (comparatively inferior) position in Dallas speaks volumes about DSO administration. I am sad to say that the rich music culture that inspired my desire to become a musician and study music in Detroit is beginning to wane. I sincerely hope this administration gets its act together for the sake of not only its reputation, but the future of music in Michigan.

  6. That is very academic read..

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