When it comes to attention grabbing headlines, Norman Lebrecht has a particular gift and he posted a doozy on 5/3/2012 at Slipped Disc that makes it plain as day how he feels about Tony Woodcock, President of the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) and the institution’s recent decision to renew his contract.
“Very bad news from Boston: the butcher wins a new contract”
Lebrecht has been focusing a good bit of critical attention on Woodcock for some time now vis-a-vis Woodcock’s conflict with former NEC conductor Benjamin Zander and his posts have certainly drawn more attention to the ordeal than would have likely been the case otherwise.
It will be interesting to see how NEC’s decision to renew Woodcock’s contract will be received by alumni which, in general, can be unpredictable stakeholders. NEC posted a press statement about the board’s decision to renew Woodcock’s contract, but it would be interesting to see the board meeting minutes to see what sort of discussions ensured.
I’m interested in hearing from NEC alumni. What do you think about Woodcock’s contract extension? Feel free to post a comment or send a personal note via the contact form.