Just days away from celebrating its centenary, Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been given notice that its head, Professor Karl Kramer, intends to quit his position as Dean and Principal. Norman Lebrecht broke the news in Slipped Disc, reproducing his resignation letter in full. In it, Kramer says he is quitting for “personal and family reasons” and intends to return to the US.
Lebrecht points to “rumbling personnel issues and accusations of bullying” which The Sydney Morning Herald reported on last year in June. These centre on Nicole Dorigo, a languages teacher at the Sydney Con, who was made redundant.
Meanwhile, upcoming centennial celebrations will include a performance of Bernstein’s Mass at the Sydney Opera House. Taking part will be musicians of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium High School and Sydney Children’s Choir, with Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz conducting, and Barry Ryan taking the role of celebrant.