A new conductor for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to take the helm in mid-March.
Maurice A. Johnson will join the orchestra as a permanent member.
He will replace John B. Johnson, who was fired in December after a string of scandals including allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, and who is now at a different company.
Johnson is a retired United States Army officer and a director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Women in Music.
The announcement comes as the Milwaukee Symphony is trying to rebuild its ranks.
After years of declining revenue and declining performances, the orchestra was put on a path to a $3 million budget reduction in 2021.
In 2019, the Milwaukee County Board approved a $1.5 million plan to address the issues.
It was meant to provide financial stability and provide the orchestra with more flexibility.
That plan was approved after a year of negotiations, but it didn’t go into effect until April 1.
The plan was not the only obstacle to the orchestra’s continued existence.
The Milwaukee Symphony had no other conductor, and its last performance was a week after its annual concert in New York City.
The orchestra had been operating under a contract that required it to play all its concerts in the Milwaukee theater district.
The new conductor will replace a veteran who has been with the Milwaukee symphony since 2000.
He was a member of the orchestra since 2009.
The Milwaukee Symphony has had several high-profile departures in recent years.
In December, conductor Robert E. Scott was fired.
In September, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced that the new conductor would take over the Milwaukee Orchestra’s contract.
That job is now in the hands of a veteran.
In 2016, the composer and conductor was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the music of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In the past, the musician has performed on the Milwaukee public schools music programs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.