The "professional" way to handle this would have been for the people who have complaints to bring them to the board and/or the search committee while the search was taking place. We in the orchestra have been briefed on the process every step of the way. The audience was given evaluations to fill out, as were the orchestra members. The process has been going on for months. I don't understand why all these accusations are coming out now and in a RC Journal article? It certainly makes it seem like somebody is trying to affect the outcome before a decision has even been made. Just because you don't like the outcome doesn't make a process inherently unfair. This is an extremely immature way of handling this issue and is only hurting the Symphony. It is making it appear that we are an organization that is crumbling from within with a bunch of internal strife, which couldn't be further from the truth. We just finished one of the best concerts I have been the pleasure to be a part of (the post-blizzard Mahler concert). I would really hate to think the Symphony might suffer for this.
And manners, people. Didn't your mother teach you anything? You don't accuse people of something just because you don't happen to like them - particularly not in a public forum like a newspaper. If you have issues take them to the board on Thursday night.
Amen to that!