David Gross, the president of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is leaving the position to become vice president and general manager of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.
Gross, who came to West Virginia in 2009, called the move bittersweet.
"They are a symphony with about a $6.5 million budget with 72 full-time musicians and they will be moving into a brand-new performance hall - a $200 million facility," he said. "I have the opportunity to help them with the transition into the new hall.
"But it's very bittersweet because I've had a wonderful time here and a wonderful staff. My wife, Debbie, and I are going to miss it."
Gross is an experienced musician and administrator. He is a timpanist who had a 25-year career with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Grand Rapids, Mich., symphony before he took an administrative position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, also in Michigan.
Debbie Gross is a pianist, formerly with the Grand Rapids orchestra.
"The thing I've always been so impressed by with Debbie is her ability to acclimate into a new community as both a performer and a teacher," Gross said, adding the large San Antonio metropolitan area will afford her many opportunities.
Gross said his new orchestra has a 29-week performance season and works with an opera company.
"There are some exciting collaboration opportunities," he said.
The couple has a daughter who lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and Gross said they are looking forward to living closer to her.
Grant Cooper, conductor of the West Virginia Symphony, said of Gross's departure, "David Gross is an incredibly hard worker and his leadership made a huge impression on the WVSO family. He will be greatly missed."
Gross takes his new position Oct. 4. Cooper said a search for a replacement will begin soon.
"It is my hope that the high standing of the WVSO in the greater orchestral community, and, particularly, the level of support that we receive from our community of listeners, will make the vacancy resulting in David's leaving an attractive position for which we will identify a strong pool of candidates."
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