Neale Perl, who has served for 10 years as president of the Washington Performing Arts Society, announced Wednesday that he would step down at the end of the 2012-13 season.
“I’m an ambitious person,” said Perl, 56. “I’ve done this for 10 years; that’s 600 performances. I just don’t see myself doing it for another 10 years.
“I had a vision for WPAS,” he added. “I did what I set out to do.”
WPAS is Washington’s leading presenter of classical music concerts; its seasons also include dance, world music and jazz. It has come to stand for a certain kind of blue-chip, traditional approach, offering a who’s who of classical music names — Yo-Yo Ma, Gustavo Dudamel, Evgeny Kissin — usually in beloved repertory standards.
Perl’s vision included expanding the organization’s education programs, starting the Capitol Arts Initiative and a series of tuition-free summer camps.
Perl does not have another position lined up, but he’s open to offers. “I have at least one more great job in me,” he says.