San Luis Obispo Symphony fires its director
August 2, 2015
The San Luis Obispo Symphony board of directors fired Executive Director Edmund Feingold, it announced Friday night.
The termination comes just three months after former Music Director Michael Nowak was ousted. Nevertheless, the symphony board said Feingold’s termination was unrelated to Nowak’s leaving, though they are not giving a reason for the director’s termination.
A week ago, radio talk show host David Congalton questioned why the board continued to employ Feingold, who was hired in July 2014 after working for three years as executive director of the Monterey Symphony.
“I thought (wrongly) that what we were working for was change at the Symphony, starting with an incompetent executive director, Ed Feingold, who left his previous job under controversy, and including a dysfunctional board of directors,” Congalton said in his July 23 opinion. “That’s the change we were expecting. The community made it clear that we were behind you and would support any and all efforts at reform.”
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