New Music Ensemble director staying

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Artistic director Kevin Noe is back with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, after he announced last summer that he was resigning, the organization stated in a press release.

In July, Mr. Noe announced that the 2013 summer season would be his last with PNME, although he did not say why. His decision "prompted an extensive internal evaluation" of the organization that ultimately led to Mr. Noe's return, according to the release.

"Though it was stressful at the time, the situation turned out for the best," said PNME president Jeffrey Nytch in the statement. "We were forced to ask ourselves some tough questions and engage in an intense evaluation of our organization. This process allowed us to address the very issues that concerned Kevin in a positive fashion, and to create an action plan for moving us forward -- together."

One byproduct is that the ensemble's musicians "are now actively engaged in audience engagement and development activities," according to the release. One musician has joined the PNME board, and all of the musicians are contributing to audience development during the off-season.

"When the news of Kevin's resignation first hit last summer, my first thought was that the artistic team would be out as well," said Mr. Nytch. "Instead, their reaction was immediate and emphatic: they wanted to work with the board to keep us moving ahead."

PNME is looking for a replacement for executive director Chris McGlumphy, whose departure is unrelated to the recent events.

Founded in 1976, the ensemble performs contemporary classical music during its summer-only concert season at City Theatre, South Side. Eight core members and several guests from across the country play with the group and serve as lighting and sound designers.

Elizabeth Bloom: or 412-263-1750. Twitter: @BloomPG.

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