According to the Herald, the Globe announced in October that it planned to cut 35 positions. At the time, the paper offered a buyout package to employees in an effort to avoid layoffs. About 34 employees reportedly applied for the buyout, and almost all of those applications were accepted.
Other arts writers who will be leaving include pop music writer Steve Morse, theater critic Ed Siegel, and arts reporter Maureen Dezell.
Dyer has spent more than 25 years with the Globe and is a two-time winner of the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music criticism. He writes for many publications and has served on the juries of the Van Cliburn and Cleveland piano competitions. Before joining the Globe, he studied at the Institute of European Studies in Paris and at Harvard.
Dyer is the second prominent American critic to leave his position this month. R. M. Campbell, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's veteran music and dance critic, was recently reassigned.