MSO Conductor Resigns

The Meridian Symphony Orchestra has accepted the resignation of its conductor, Dr. Claire Fox Hillard.

Hillard was arrested Aug. 10 in Camilla, Ga., wearing only a towel in public, and was charged with loitering.

Symphony officials announced the resignation of Hillard late Friday afternoon.

Hillard had served as MSO's conductor since 1991. He's also conductor for the Albany (Ga.) Symphony.


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  • by Junkyard Location: Meridian on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:47 AM
    I would like an explaination as to why he played the race card.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Police said that Hillard first told police he was robbed and assaulted by two black men, but that he later changed his story and said his clothes were cut because of a sexual act with a woman.
  • by Peabody Location: Meridian on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    What a fool.
  • by Amunhotep4th Location: Meridian on Aug 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    Well - I am not surprised as his resignation, as I figure it was only since he was about to get the boot from the symphony anyway! I'd suggest the symphony rehire Vernon, that is if the man is still alive ! Vernon might have been somewhat of a pain but the man KNEW what he was doing IMHO!!!
  • by Walter Location: Meridian on Aug 27, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    According to the Albany paper he was suspended without pay from the Albany Symphony for 6 months without pay. Sounds like he just survived over there. Being in the public eye you just don't put yourself in that position...what the heck was he thinking?!?
  • by Dave L. on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:53 PM
    Guess he threw in the towel, huh?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    An organization is only as good as its leadership.
  • by Scott Location: Meridian on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Thats what happens when you name a guy Claire
  • by J Location: Meridian on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    can'tbelieveit, One reason I see he should have resigned is because the first statements he made to protect himself was that he was robbed by two black males; a false claim. Do you think he would have told the truth afterwards if those "black males" were arrested and charged? I think not, how about you?
  • by Clarence Location: Meridian on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Good riddance. This guy is an embarrassment.
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