No Love Lost

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”

noLebrecht 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.

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2 Responses to No Love Lost

  1. Henry Peyrebrune Fri, May 4, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    In today’s Boston Globe (, we learn that Ben is now starting his own youth orchestra.

    Last time he got fired (from Boston Civic), he took all but two members with him and started the Boston Philharmonic. I bet he’s hoping to repeat that pattern with the new youth orchestra.

    • Drew McManus Fri, May 4, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      I would be surprised if that’s not the case. Perhaps more to the point for NEC is how many donors will Ben take with him as well.

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