Sarah Lutman leaving position as President and Managing Director of the SPCO

Lutman plans to start an independent consulting practice, with the SPCO as a client

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Etten 651.292.3238

February 10, 2012 – The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today that Sarah Lutman is leaving her position as President and Managing Director in order to pursue a long-time goal of starting an independent consulting practice. Her last day as President will be March 1.

According to Dobson West, Chair of the SPCO Board of Directors, “Sarah has made many contributions to the SPCO during her tenure, and she leaves the organization in a very good place. We have a clear vision for the future, a roadmap for achieving that vision, and an extremely strong and talented group of staff, musicians and volunteer leadership who are eager to bring that vision to fruition. Most important, the organization has a large, growing audience and a community that generously and steadfastly supports it.”

Lutman will begin a consulting arrangement with the SPCO on March 1. Her work will be focused primarily on collaborating with the other Arts Partnership organizations (the Ordway, Minnesota Opera and Schubert Club) to bring the new Ordway Concert Hall planning work and fundraising campaign to successful conclusions, and she will also provide other expertise throughout the transition.

“For many years I have wanted to start an independent consulting practice, but family obligations have not made that a smart choice,” said Lutman. “With my adult children both due to complete post-graduate education this year, and having been able to help the SPCO chart a clear strategic direction and plan, the timing seemed right for me to make this move.”

The SPCO Board of Directors has appointed West as President for the transition. A search process for a permanent President and Managing Director will commence shortly.