Robert Franz will step down as music director of the Boise Philharmonic after his eighth year with the orchestra.
The Boise Philharmonic announced Monday night that its music director Robert Franz will leave the orchestra after this, his eighth year in Boise.
"While my work here has been extremely satisfying, it is now time for me to step aside and let the orchestra take its next steps with new leadership," wrote Franz in a prepared statement. "I have nothing but fondness in my heart for the musicians, board and staff of the Boise Philharmonic and the entire Boise community."
Boise Philharmonic officials sang Franz's praises Monday night, saying he "helped shape a local artistic identity by integrating the orchestra with the community's indigenous and component cultures, commissioning and presenting new works of music, collaborating with other arts organizations, and by invigorating education outreach."
During Franz's tenure, the music director initiated a composer residency program, developed partnerships with Opera Idaho, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Ballet Idaho.
Franz said he would continue to hold posts of music director for symphonies in Windsor; Ontario; and Fairbanks, Alaska, and associate conductor of the Houston Symphony in Texas.
The Boise Philharmonic is expected to launch a national search for its next music director.