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Stanley Romanstein resigns from Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO's musicians.'

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  • Jeff Roman



The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) today announced that President and CEO Stanley Romanstein has resigned, effective immediately.

According to a statement, it was Romanstein’s decision, and the Executive Committee of the ASO Board appointed Terry Neal, a current Board member and a retired executive of the Coca-Cola Company, to serve as president of the ASO on an interim basis. Romanstein will be available to the ASO through the end of October. Neal will manage the day-to-day operations.

“I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians,” Romanstein said.

Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Virginia Hepner, said that Romanstein’s resignation has no bearing on the current labor dispute, "nor signal any shift in the key issues being addressed in the collective bargaining agreement process." A process that's already being called into question after the press release from the ASO suggesting that the two sides were ready to resume talks was refuted by the musicians who called the information in the statement "misleading."