Tucson Symphony Orchestra President and Executive Director Andrew Birgensmith resigned his position late Wednesday, saying in written statement that he had accomplished what he set out to do when he was hired less than three years ago.
"I was asked to transform the TSO and make them more relevant. Mission accomplished," he wrote. "I'm certain more people know and recognize the TSO brand and high artistic quality than ever before."
Longtime TSO Board of Directors member George Steele has been named acting president and executive director and will lead the search for Birgensmith's replacement. This is the second time Steele has stepped into this role. He took over the job several months after former TSO Executive Director Susan Franano retired in May 2010.
The orchestra last June extended Birgensmith’s contract through June 2018.
Birgensmith’s resignation comes as the orchestra is in the middle of a search to replace longtime Music Director/Conductor George Hanson, who leaves after the 2014-15 season.
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