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Fort Wayne Philharmonic's president/CEO resigns, effective Dec. 31

September 3, 2014

The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Sept. 03--Fort Wayne Philharmonic President and CEO J.L. Nave III has resigned, effective Dec. 31, the orchestra announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Philharmonic board of directors accepted Nave's resignation during a meeting Tuesday, the news release said. Board members plan to start a national search immediately to find a replacement.

The orchestra will open its 71st season with a performance of Gustav Mahler's First Symphony Sept. 27 at the Embassy Theatre.

Nave joined the Philharmonic in 2006, leaving a similar position with the orchestra in Baton Rouge, La., the news release said.

During an interview Wednesday, Nave said he began talking informally with a couple of board members in late May about the possibility of moving on to a new career challenge.

"I've got a few irons in the fire, so stay tuned," he said.

He notified the board at its Aug. 5 meeting he would not seek renewal of his employment contract, wanting to give them time to start searching for a replacement.

"We've really built up this positive momentum," he said. "That was what I was hired here to do."

It's a good time for him to look for his next professional challenge and for the Phil to look for fresh, new leadership, he said.

Nave will remain actively involved in Phil operations through Dec. 31, he said, including upcoming contract negotiations the orchestra's union musicians. The current contract expires Dec. 31.

"I'm going to keep giving it my all," he said.


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