Jonathan Weedman will leave as executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles after the group’s board of directors voted not to renew his contract, Weedman said Friday.
At an executive session of the board Wednesday night, board members considered dissolving GMCLA in the face of a nearly $200,000 budget shortfall but voted against the idea. They also discussed whether to renew Weedman’s contract, which expired last month.
“My belief in the possibility and promise of GMCLA remains undiminished, and I wish only the best for the organization going forward,” Weedman said in an interview after confirming his departure. “It is a community and cultural treasure that deserves and merits everyone’s support.”
A faction of chorus members had been calling for the resignations of Weedman and Duran during the last few weeks. Duran said he would leave his post at the end of the current season. In an interview prior to Wednesday’s executive session, Weedman expressed concern that recent bad press, coupled with financial troubles that he felt the group could overcome, had created a perfect storm.
The date of Weedman’s last day with the chorus has not yet been decided, Weedman said, and he will help during the transition.