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New leadership coming to the SPCO

SPCO President Bruce Coppock will retire and Jon Limbacher, who served as the SPCO’s vice president and COO from 2000 to 2012, will return as managing director and president.

Jon Limbacher
Courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra

As if a new Concert Hall, new contract, new artistic partners and new orchestra members weren’t enough, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will have a new leadership team come January 2016.

Announced today, current SPCO president Bruce Coppock – who served as managing director from 1999-2008, left to battle a rare form of cancer, beat that and returned in June 2013, shortly after a 191-day lockout of the musicians ended – will retire.

Jon Limbacher – who has deep SPCO and community connections, having served as the SPCO’s vice president and chief operating officer from 2000-12 – will return as managing director and president. Limbacher was most recently chief development officer for the Cleveland Orchestra, which has been widely praised for its sizable surplus, growing endowment, high attendance and educational outreach.

Kyu-Young Kim, the SPCO’s principal second violinist, will become its artistic director, a newly created position. (The SPCO’s last music director, which is not the same as an artistic director, was Andreas Delfs, from 2001-04.) Kim was named senior director of artistic planning in June 2013. That surprised almost everyone at the time, because the last we’d all heard, he was leaving to join the New York Philharmonic.

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We’ll have more on this story tomorrow, including background and a look ahead at what these changes might mean.