New York’s Albany Symphony Orchestra has initiated a search for an executive director, following the resignation of Sharon Walsh, who had served as the orchestra’s general manager. Walsh worked with the orchestra for sixteen years, during which time the ASO’s stature in the orchestra community grew; her responsibilities covered all aspects of managing the orchestra. Steven Lobel, the ASO’s board chairman, announced that the orchestra has hired the Catherine French Group—a Washington, D.C.-based executive-search and leadership development organization for arts and nonprofit groups—to direct a national search for an executive director to provide strategic leadership and vision. Under Music Director David Alan Miller, the ASO has gained recognition for its programming of contemporary music; the orchestra also works with public schools in the cities of Albany and Troy, as well as other suburban schools.