Honolulu Symphony President to Step Down

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Stephen Bloom, president of the Honolulu Symphony for the last five years, will step down at the end of the season, orchestra announced.

Bloom plans to make a career change. "With the organization being in a stable situation, I feel the timing is right for me to explore a new path," he said in a statement.

According to the orchestra, Bloom helped raise the orchestra's revenue and eliminated a $1.5 million debt. During his tenure, the orchestra appointed JoAnn Falletta its artistic advisor and merged with the Oahu Choral Society.

Michael Largarticha, the president of the local musicians' union, said that Bloom had been a fair negotiator. "I will miss the frank, honest working relationship that we developed during his tenure, where we were able to put aside our roles as 'union' and 'management' and discuss how to build for success," he said.

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