After four and-a-half years, the executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is leaving, and not by choice. Ben Loeb will leave his position officially on June 30th.
He's proud of what he and the orchestra have been able to accomplish since he was hired in 2013 - a key achievement has been strengthening its finances.
"We had reasonable, intentional expansion and it fit the need of the community. So every thing kind of rose as a result of that. Our financial success came from reasonable growth rather than cutting back on expenses."
Their finances also got a big boost from the 100th anniversary season which featured a performance by world famous cellist Yo Yo Ma.
At a time when other orchestras are making drastic cuts, and even closing, Loeb says the QCSO has been able to add programs.
"We've added educational programs - the side by side concert, the family concert. We've added educational programs like the private lesson program. We've expanded the education engagement programs in the schools and we've solidified and expanded the Signature Series."
Instead of just one chamber music concert each year, the QCSO sponsors the Signature Series, in partnership with WVIK - featuring guest artists and showcasing members of the orchestra.
Loeb doesn't know what he'll do next but hopes he and family will be able to stay in the Quad Cities.
A call to symphony officials has not been returned.