FIRE Charles H. Owens, CEO, and reinstate Music Director Arild Remmereit
  • Petitioned The Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

The Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Elizabeth F. Rice - Chairperson of the Board
Patrick C. Burke - Vice Chairperson
Patrick Fulford - Vice Chairperson
Marie Kenton - Vice Chairperson
Ingrid A. Stanlis - Vice Chairperson
Steven Hess - Treasurer
Jules L. Smith - Secretary
James M. Boucher - Immediate Past Chairperson
William E. Cherry
Dr. Steven E. Feldon
Dawn F. Lipson
Mark Siwiec
Keith M. Wilson
Ilene L. Flaum
Ross P. Lanzafame
William L. Cahn - Chairperson, Honorary Board
Patrick J. Kelly
Gregory W. Smith
See response
Eastman provides facilities for the RPO; the RPO provides faculty and many opportunities for Eastman
Douglas Lowry, Dean of the Eastman School of Music
The Eastman School of Music is part of the U. of R.
Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester
John K. Purcell
Jeffrey A. Wadsworth
La Marr J. Jackson
David W. Ackroyd
Dr. John M. Bennett
William D. Eggers
Megan Henry
Robert B. Stiles
Deborah Wilson

FIRE Charles H. Owens, CEO, and reinstate Music Director Arild Remmereit

    1. Liane Curtis
    2. Petition by

      Liane Curtis

      Somerville, MA

“He sat right here and told me he would have Remmereit out within a year. Well, he did it – it took him a year and a half, but he did it.”
Betty Strasenburgh, former supporter of the RPO, on Charles H. Owens, CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Charles H. Owens and Elizabeth Rice (Chair of the Board for the RPO) have refused to listen to the many fans and supporters of the RPO who were dismayed and upset by the abrupt termination of Music Director Arild Remmereit [as expressed in a previous petition, http://tinyurl.com/petition-RPO ]. While Rice will eventually face a term limit to her tenure, now is the time for patrons and supporters of the RPO to demand the departure of Chief Executive Officer, Charles H. Owens.

Careful study of the issue reveals that Owens’ manipulative leadership style is at the root of the problem. The hiring of Owens in 2007 coincided with the breakdown in communications and the emergence of a hostile climate in the RPO offices. This is amply documented by the many staff members who chose to depart after Owens was hired, and in their detailed exit interviews. Further, charges of sexual harassment against Owens added to the RPO’s considerable financial burden, as RPO funds were used to pay off the accuser. The veracity of the accuser’s claims is documented in surviving emails.

In hiring Arild Remmereit, Owens seemingly went along with the hiring committee’s advice, all the while planning to replace him with a more malleable Music Director, as soon as possible. The many musicians who are supportive of Remmereit obviously find themselves in a difficult position.

Clearly it is the dysfunctional administration that is destabilizing the orchestra, first by undermining Maestro Remmereit, and then by terminating his contract. Despite the lack of administrative support, Remmereit has done his job with great success – building and invigorating audiences, improving the connections with the community at large, and by raising the standard of the orchestra‘s performance to a remarkable degree.

Clearly it is time for CEO Charles H. Owens to go.

For more information on future plans please see the website at
http://rpocommunity.wordpress.com/
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/RPO-Community-Supporters/401017753310086
While I have communicated with the supporters of the RPO who are building the above pages, this petition is entirely my own initiative. Liane Curtis

To:
The Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Elizabeth F. Rice - Chairperson of the Board
Patrick C. Burke - Vice Chairperson
Patrick Fulford - Vice Chairperson
Marie Kenton - Vice Chairperson
Ingrid A. Stanlis - Vice Chairperson
Steven Hess - Treasurer
Jules L. Smith - Secretary
James M. Boucher - Immediate Past Chairperson
William E. Cherry
Dr. Steven E. Feldon
Dawn F. Lipson
Mark Siwiec
Keith M. Wilson
Ilene L. Flaum
Ross P. Lanzafame
William L. Cahn - Chairperson, Honorary Board
Patrick J. Kelly
Gregory W. Smith
Douglas Lowry, Dean of the Eastman School of Music, Eastman provides facilities for the RPO; the RPO provides faculty and many opportunities for Eastman
Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester, The Eastman School of Music is part of the U. of R.
John K. Purcell
Jeffrey A. Wadsworth
La Marr J. Jackson
David W. Ackroyd
Dr. John M. Bennett
William D. Eggers
Megan Henry
Robert B. Stiles
Deborah Wilson
FIRE Charles H. Owens, CEO, and reinstate Music Director Arild Remmereit

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Gregory W. Smith responds:

      Gregory W. Smith

      We need to continue the positive, innovative,exciting energy and mometum Arild Remmereit has brought to the RPO table.


    3. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • John Groves ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Hate and bias sicken me and also abritrary actions by those in control to ruin a talented person.

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    • Terry Platt ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      The conductor and the orchestra and the music were grand together. Owens looks like he was the impediment.

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    • Ellie Steinmetz HILTON, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I wish to be a music major, and one of my dreams is to play with the RPO. It would not be the same without him.

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    • Ethel Gabriel ROCHESTER, NY14619, BERMUDA
      • over 1 year ago

      musical people have feelings

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    • Graham Ross CANANDAIGUA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Conductor Remmereit brings the European flare to the RPO making it an unquestionably a world class PO

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