BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After fourteen seasons, Marin Alsop will step down as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Alsop will step down when her contract ends following the 2020-2021 season, and in September 2021 she will have a new role with the BSO, as Music Director Laureate and OrchKids founder.

“Marin Alsop will continue to serve as the BSO’s Music Director over the next year and a half, and we are delighted that our relationship will continue in the years ahead. Marin will conduct the Orchestra for three weeks each year over the next five years, and she will also continue to play a role in the governance of OrchKids. We are enormously grateful to Marin for her extraordinary leadership of the Orchestra, and her remarkable 14 year tenure is one of the longest in our history.” said BSO President and CEO Peter Kjome in a statement Wednesday.

She will lead the orchestra in three concert weeks in each of the next five seasons through 2025-2026, and hold an annual masterclass for conducting students at the Peabody Institute, a release said.

“Marin has brought this Orchestra to unprecedented heights, and we will always be grateful for her vision and leadership. Her success as the BSO’s Music Director represents one of the longest tenures in the history of the Baltimore Symphony. Among her many accomplishments has been our outreach into the community as well as the creation of OrchKids, which now serves over 2000 school children in underserved Baltimore neighborhoods.” said Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Barry Rosen.

Alsop said she has been proud to serve as the BSO’s artistic leader for the past 14 years, and she is looking forward to leading as music director this season and in her new position.

The BSO plans to form a search committee to find a new Music Director.


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