DSO Vice President Paul Hogle heads to Cleveland

and Michael H. Hodges

Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Vice President Paul Hogle has taken a job as president and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

His last day with the DSO will be July 8, according to a statement from president and CEO Anne Parsons.

Before coming to Detroit in May 2010, Hogle had worked with symphony orchestras in Indianapolis, Chicago, Baltimore and Atlanta.

“The DSO and our broad community have profoundly benefited from Paul’s strength of leadership, creativity, dedication, resilience and passion,” said Parsons. “He helped us imagine and implement many new and better ways of working, even as he demanded that we double down on what he casually calls ‘the basic blocking and tackling’ of orchestra management. And, Paul is a magnet for attracting and retaining talent, widely known for building one of the strongest and most innovative professional teams in our field.”

Hogle, 61, arrived at the DSO five months before economic setbacks culminated in a bruising six-month musicians’ strike — a strike that all but wiped out the 2010-11 season.

“I did know it was looming,” Hogle said. “Orchestra members on the interview committee told me what was coming down the road, with compassion and understanding. They felt I should know that as somebody thinking of moving here.”

He endured a trial-by-fire and became one of the most prominent voices of management during the time of the labor difficulties. The strike was settled after musicians agreed to a 23 percent rollback in salaries in 2011.

Hogle, who grew up outside Cleveland and got his music administration degree at the University of Evansville, said he’s thrilled at his new prospects. “As I said to the DSO staff this afternoon, rarely do you get called by an institution you have such profoundly high regard for — and have that be in your hometown.”

Of his time in Detroit, Hogle said, “I learned how important the culture of how people work together is. I watched an organization that was in a very unhappy place with itself in the beginning, and watched and hopefully participated in it becoming a truly vibrant community that I learned a great deal from.”

Two years after the strike, the DSO had climbed out of its deficit situation — 2013 marked the first time the orchestra had a balanced budget since 2007. The orchestra has had balanced budgets in 2014 and 2015.

Parsons also hinted in her statement that a farewell to Hogle — a “grand finale Paulapalooza,” she called it — is being planned.

Hogle starts at the institute July 11. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Institute of Music has been looking for a new president since former leader Joel Smirnoff retired at the end of last year. Former Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson, who retired from that post in January, had been serving as interim president.


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