Nearly a year after announcing his departure and eight months after rescinding that departure, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s executive director now says he's, indeed, leaving.
David Whitehill is moving to Canton, Ohio, to become the President and CEO of ArtsinStark, a nonprofit arts council focusing on children, the workforce and creating healthier communities in Stark County. Whitehill and ArtsinStark separately announced the move on Sunday.
Whitehill announced last March he would leave for a similar position with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, but the Covid-19 pandemic scuttled that plan. Whitehill said he and the board of the Asheville Symphony agreed he would remain on to see the orchestra through the pandemic.
Whitehill joined the Asheville Symphony as executive director in 2012.