An Associated Press report published in Monday’s (6/29) Miami Herald states, “The executive director of the Miami Symphony Orchestra has resigned, three years after her husband and the symphony’s founder died. The orchestra announced Monday that Sofia Ochoa’s resignation is effective Aug. 31. She cited personal reasons for why she is leaving. The Miami Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1989 by Manuel Ochoa and says it is the only major symphony in the U.S. founded by a Hispanic conductor. It is Miami’s longest established professional orchestra. Manuel Ochoa died in July 2006 because of heart failure at the age of 80. He launched the symphony in 1989 in spite of tepid community interest in the past. A replacement for Sofia Ochoa was not announced.”

Posted June 30, 2009