In the February issue of Hawaii Business Magazine (Honolulu), Tiffany Hill writes, “Jonathan Parrish can tell you off the top of his head how many musicians are needed to perform Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade’ (it’s 82).… He’s been playing the horn professionally for 30 years…. In November, Parrish went from full-time musician to full-time administrator when he became the first executive director of the nascent Hawaii Symphony Orchestra…. Parrish’s move … is part of a national trend…. This past summer, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra named its principal oboist as its new executive director. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra also moved long-time musicians into key administrative roles. Parrish says we’ll likely see more of this as symphonies seek fresh approaches to organizational harmony. ‘The League of American Orchestras is trying to build a pipeline of talent in the orchestra management business,’ he says…. Parrish … first developed his managerial muscles with Chamber Music Hawaii during the past decade, when he was both general manager and a member of its spring wind quartet.” The November-December 2010 issue of Symphony reported on musicians who manage symphony orchestras.

Posted February 10, 2014