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New Chief of Staff for Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra president/CEO Allison B. Vulgamore has hired a chief of staff. Ari Solotoff, 29, executive director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony since June 2006, will start the newly-created position of chief of staff and director of planning on May 17. “The position is part of the senior management team. It’s a collaborator with both the team and with Allison in helping to organize and sequence the many priorities that exist, certainly right now and in ino the future,” said Solotoff. “The idea that a person could be responsible for managing and overseeing the executive office, guiding the critical work of the board of directors and being the driver and point person in the upcoming planning process, to me is both innovative and an incredible responsibility.” An oboist in college, Solotoff has worked at the Louisville Orchestra, where he was chief operating officer, and was executive director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Great Neck (Long Island), N.Y., and was raised there and in Orange County, California.

New Chief of Staff for Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra president/CEO Allison B. Vulgamore has hired a chief of staff.
Ari Solotoff, 29, executive director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony since June 2006, will start the newly-created position of chief of staff and director of planning on May 17.
“The position is part of the senior management team. It’s a collaborator with both the team and with Allison in helping to organize and sequence the many priorities that exist, certainly right now and in ino the future,” said Solotoff. “The idea that a person could be responsible for managing and overseeing the executive office, guiding the critical work of the board of directors and being the driver and point person in the upcoming planning process, to me is both innovative and an incredible responsibility.”
An oboist in college, Solotoff has worked at the Louisville Orchestra, where he was chief operating officer, and was executive director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Great Neck (Long Island), N.Y., and was raised there and in Orange County, California.

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Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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