US music director resigns over ‘unsafe’ Covid conditions – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

norman lebrecht

November 20, 2021

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David Rudge, founding music director of the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina and conductor of orchestras and opera at the State University of New York, has resigned from his position with the Rock Hill Symphony in protest of unsafe working conditions. for musicians and staff, and concerns for the safety of the audience.

Master Rudge, on behalf of the musicians, the audience, and himself, expressed concern that masks or any other Covid safety precautions are not required of audience members for the upcoming family holiday concert and the rest of the world. the season. The RHSO Board of Directors has refused to require masks for its audience, even though virtually every other orchestras in South Carolina follow the standard guidelines of requiring masks or masks / shots for everyone in the building….

“This was one of the most difficult decisions of my professional life, but my vision and my sense of responsibility for the well-being of everyone involved was not shared by the majority of the Board,” said Rudge. “It has been a great honor to have worked with such talented and experienced musicians. I have greatly appreciated his art over the years and now I sincerely regret that no precautions will be taken to allow us to continue acting together. “

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