In Wednesday’s (4/7) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pierre Ruhe writes, “The heavy odds were for an insider—a career symphonic administrator who’d already led one of the nation’s top orchestras and was looking for a lateral move. Instead, the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is naming Stanley E. Romanstein, 54, as its new president. For the past nine years he has been president and CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul … He starts with the ASO on May 3. … Romanstein replaces Allison Vulgamore, who left Atlanta in December after serving 16 years as the ASO president.” Vulgamore is currently president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra. “The son of two grade-school teachers in South Carolina, where he grew up, Romanstein is married to a teacher and puts education, along with building the orchestra’s profile in the community, at the top of his to-do list. … Romanstein’s background is music and education, with conducting experience and a doctorate in musicology (studying late Renaissance Italian composers).” Romanstein’s previous positions include director of development at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; executive director of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation; and associate professor and chair of the Department of Music at St. Lawrence University.

Posted April 7, 2010