Friday, September 4, 2009

Va. Symphony executive resigns

Carla Johnson, president and executive director of the Virginia Symphony, has resigned after five years with the Hampton Roads-based orchestra.

Johnson oversaw efforts to eliminate some $2 million in debt that the orchestra had amassed before her arrival in 2004, but leaves as debt has climbed again to about $2 million. In the fiscal year that ended July 31, during which it obtained a loan of $500,000 from the Norfolk Economic Development Authority, the Virginia Symphony ran an operating deficit of $720,000, The Virginian-Pilot's Teresa Annas reports: