The Minnesota Orchestra has lost another musician and possibly two.
Stephanie Arado, violinist and assistant concertmaster, has resigned to take a teaching position at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Arado joined the Orchestra in 1991 and has appeared as soloist many times. She is also a member of the Bakken Trio.
In an email sent to orchestra leadership, Arado wrote, in part:
“This past season would have been my twenty-second with the orchestra. The memories I take with me are rich … My decision to undertake this career change now grew out of my sense that the institution that I have devoted my creative energy to for the past two decades — the Minnesota Orchestra — has lost its way … I leave my orchestra life with sadness as I watch this beloved and historied arts institution flounder.”
On Monday, Michael Gast, principal horn, requested a one-year leave of absence; according to the musicians’ website, he’ll go to the New York Philharmonic. Gast has been with the Orchestra since 1990 and was appointed principal horn in 2004.
Continuing our count of musicians who have left since Oct. 1, 2012, when the musicians were locked out by management over a contract dispute, 12 has now become 14.