The Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs completed May 29 and, four days later, the president and CEO of the Cliburn Foundation, David Chambless Worters, announced his resignation. The move took staff and recent jury members by total surprise, for he had been in the job just six months.The fit apparently was not a good one-not his "passion," as he told one reporter.
"It is time for my personal journey to take me in a new direction," he said in a statement.
Worters succeeded Richard Rodzinski just last December, following an international search. Rodzinski had been in the job 23 years.