ASO's Kenworthy taking position in Minnesota

Executive director leaves after 3 seasons at helm

November 17, 1999|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jane Kenworthy, the energetic, enterprising executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for the past three seasons, said last night that she is resigning her position effective early January.

Kenworthy, 54, said she is leaving to accept a post as executive director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, an organization that oversees eight young people's instrumental ensembles in the Minneapois-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Kenworthy, who began her career in arts administration managing the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, expressed her delight at the prospect of working once again with talented, young musicians.

"Their eagerness and fresh approach to music will keep me renewed," she said. Her new position will also pay a higher salary, she said.

Kenworthy's tenure with the ASO has a been a period of momentous change for the orchestra, a point she acknowledged in a statement she prepared for The Sun last night.

"It has been a very challenging three-plus years," she said. "The ASO has erased a deficit, picked a new music director, and doubled its budget during my tenure. It has been a privilege to have had a hand in the orchestra's growth spurt."

She said she was disappointed that she will not be part of the orchestra's 40th anniversary season in 2000-2001. "The community will realize what a talent they have in Maestro [Leslie] Dunner," she said. "It has been a real honor to have been associated with him."

Dunner, in his second season as conductor and music director, returned the compliment. "I'm very saddened and disappointed," he said of her departure. He called Kenworthy "a wonderful partner and collaborator" who has dedicated herself to the ASO. "Her presence will be greatly missed," he said.

"Jane brought a lot of professionalism to our board and orchestra, and we wish her well in the Twin Cities," said symphony president Anna Greenberg, who announced Kenworthy's resignation to the ASO board last night.

A transition team led by Mitchell Nathanson and Gregory Stiverson, both past presidents of the orchestra, has been named to find a new executive director.

Pub Date: 11/17/99

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