The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new president. It announced on Tuesday, February 12, that CEO Peter Gistelinck is no longer there but didn’t give a reason for his departure.
The KSO says it will pick an interim president by the end of the month and launch a national search for a permanent replacement.
The Symphony will offer its 99th season this year. Gistelinck joined the KSO in March 2014. He attracted criticism from the union representing its musicians during contentious contract negotiations in 2016. It objected when the Symphony announced a proposed change in rehearsal schedules after a tentative contract settlement had been reached.
KSO officials say Gistelinck played a key role in developing its current strategic plan.