In Friday’s (11/27) The Day (New London, Connecticut), Rick Koster writes, “For all the majestic allure and Old World shadows cast by the legacies of Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Prokoviev—in the beginning, all Isabelle Singer wanted was a job. She was raising two kids and, having moved with her husband to such locales as New Orleans, Italy, New York, Arizona, the Bahamas and Mexico, never had the time to properly establish a career. Singer finally settled as a single mom in southeastern Connecticut and landed at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London. First, she was an assistant and, within a few years, she was running the organization. It’s been 25 years, now—a terrific run in any career, much less the carousel of arts-organization gigs notorious for their tentative status—and Singer can’t quite believe her good fortune. … Singer was hired at the symphony in 1984 and became general manager two years later. The title of executive director evolved as the symphony slowly grew and flourished under the vision of her command. … In commemoration for a quarter-century’s vision and service, the orchestra and community acknowledged Singer earlier this month. At the conclusion of the ECSO’s November concert, Singer was surprised by an onstage presentation of a proclamation from the state of Connecticut, as well as a plaque from the board of directors.”

Photo by Tim Martin/The Day

Posted November 30, 2009