According to Musical America, the previous board's tenure expired in late October 2004, but the Chinese government, which appoints nine out of the board's 12 members, did not act to replace it until January 6.
"This is the worst thing that could happen," De Waart said. "For a couple of months, that's a frustrating situation to be in. We couldn't do anything, not even write a check."
As a result of the delay, no action was taken toward replacing chief executive Paul Leung, who resigned on October 25; renewing the musicians' contract; planning the 2005-06 season; or raising funds.