Despite strong opposition from musicians in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the board of the symphony has voted overwhelmingly to select Marin Alsop as its maestro or music director. She becomes the first woman to head a major American or European orchestra. Alsop is currently principal conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Britain. She's a New York native. Now 48, she is the daughter of professional classical musicians. Alsop studied violin at the Juilliard School of Music. She trained as a conductor under Leonard Bernstein.
Many Baltimore musicians were disappointed by what they called the "premature conclusion of the search process." They felt the board disregarded their desire to have the search extended until Thanksgiving, the Associated Press reported.