Letters To the Editor:

Tim Page's "farewell" ("A Critic's Closing Lines," July 11) comment that the Washington Men's Camerata's recent change of music directors was the result of "weird musical politics." This is a matter of some concern, as it follows Joseph McLellan's article of June 20, which itself contained a number of inaccuracies about the same situation.

The Washington Men's Camerata is a member-founded and member-run organization. The decision not to renew Thomas Beveridge's contract was neither as easy nor as abrupt as the two Post articles imply. Nor was it due to "politics," weird or otherwise. The decision was made because one of the premier male choral directors in the world became available at a time when the Camerata was already considering a move from a part-time to a full-time music director.

No one denies Beveridge's contribution to the Camerata. Page's implication that Mr. Beveridge was brushed aside in an act of ingratitude is unfortunate and absolutely untrue.

The facts are simple and straightforward: Beveridge was a part-time music director, not a founder. He was offered the opportunity to stay on as composer-in-residence at full salary, and to have the Camerata publish his music, with all profits and royalties paid to him. He rejected that offer.


Falls Church

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