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Chapman to Depart Monadnock Music December 31, 2013

#Chapman to Depart

After nearly three years as executive director of Monadnock Music, during which time the organization has improved its financial standing and welcomed a return to its artistic roots, William J.H. Chapman has decided to depart the organization on December 31, 2013.

“I am extremely proud of the progress our team has made in restoring the artistic and financial health of Monadnock Music.  This organization is now on a much healthier course for the future, with strong guidance from an energetic board of directors, a highly talented artistic director and a strong, professional staff,” said Chapman.  “Indeed, the recent success of Monadnock Music is a major reason I feel comfortable with my decision.”

Selected by the Board of Trustees in February 2011, Chapman undertook a reorganization of Monadnock Music, hired nationally known Artistic Director Gil Rose, and led the company in adopting a five-year strategic plan as it heads towards its 50th anniversary in 2016. 

“We greatly appreciate all Will has given to our organization, and while we wish he would stay, we certainly understand this very personal decision which he has made.  With Will remaining through the end of the year, the board has sufficient time to undertake a thoughtful search process to find a new executive director,” said Michael Petrovick, Board President.

Chapman plans to take a sabbatical after departing in December and then consider new career opportunities.  While at Monadnock Music, his accomplishments included:

  • A return to its roots of performing music of all periods, styles and formats in the intimate settings of town houses and churches.  The recent festivals have enjoyed increased attendance and critical notice nationwide.
  • The reversal of a trend of ever-mounting deficits and a concurrent dramatic increase in fundraising, as well as the development of a strategic plan for future growth.
  • The assembling of a strong, professional team with the skills and experience necessary to aid the Board of Trustees in implementing its five-year strategic plan.

Founded in 1966 by conductor-composer James Bolle, Monadnock Music is in its 48th season of bringing first-rate professional performances of fine music to the Monadnock region. The seven-week festival is a combination of eight ticketed orchestral and opera performances and 11 village concerts celebrating a variety of chamber music in the regions many historic meeting houses. For more information about Monadnock Music and the 2013 festival, visit www.monadnockmusic.org.