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Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

San Antonio Symphony
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

Fundraising will be job number one for whoever gets the top job; the symphony has reported losses the past two seasons.

Under Fishman, the San Antonio Symphony has made important strides towards long-term sustainability including signing a three-year contract with the orchestra players in September, attracting San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, seeing increases in symphony ticket sales, and working with community leaders to make the Tobin Performing Arts Center a permanent home for the symphony.