Philharmonic president announces he’s stepping down

Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Fort Wayne Philharmonic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO J.L. Nave, III on Tuesday. Nave’s last day will be December 31, 2014 according to a news release issued by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

“Throughout his tenure with us, J.L. has been instrumental in guiding our effort to improve business practices so that we can achieve our goal of sustaining our fabulous orchestra for generations to come,” stated Carol Lindquist, Chair of the Board of Directors.

Nave came to Fort Wayne in 2006 from a similar position in Baton Rouge, LA. He holds a BA degree in Conducting from Belmont University and MA in Arts Administration and MBA degrees from the University of Cincinnati. During Nave’s tenure with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, he accomplished a 30% increase in the number of subscribers to the orchestra’s signature series, Masterworks, and established title sponsors for all subscription series.

“I’m very proud of all we have accomplished together. Everybody is pulling in one direction. As we begin our 71st Season, it’s clear that The Phil needs to focus even more on raising money. Now that momentum is building again, it feels like I have accomplished what I was brought here to do and it’s time for new leadership to guide the new work of The Phil.” Nave said.

The Board will begin immediately to conduct a national search.

The 71st season of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic opens on September 27 at the Embassy Theatre with a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.

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