The FBO is a civil law association
Only a few years after the founding of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, it became necessary to provide a solid structural basis for the young professional ensemble due to the ever-increasing number of projects both at home and abroad. The musicians therefore formed the FBO association under German civil law (GbR) in 1990 and it remains the orchestra’s legal form. The GbR belongs exclusively to the musicians active in the orchestra, who determine its development as ‘partners’. A professional management is responsible for the operative business.
Articles of association regulate the orchestra’s internal and external communication. Partners’ Meetings decide on business policy: the current 26 partners determine, for example, the ensemble’s artistic direction, the addition of new partners, or fundamental economic matters.
Every two years the Partners’ Meeting elects an Executive Committee consisting of four musicians. The association has largely delegated its business management to the Managing Director. The Executive Committee and the Managing Director bear the responsibility for implementing decisions taken at the Partners’ Meetings.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra is institutionally sponsored by Freiburg’s City Council and the state of Baden-Württemberg.
The Executive Committee
The current members of the FBO’s Executive Committee are Torsten Johann, Christa Kittel, Gijs Laceulle and Brigitte Täubl.
In the same way that the Executive Committee of the GbR (together with the Managing Director) are responsible for the operative business management, the FBO also has a committee for artistic and programme-related matters. This committee – the Artistic Direction – consists of the two Musical Directors, Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, as well as three representatives elected from the orchestra (currently Ann-Kathrin Brüggemann, Christian Goosses and Dane Roberts), the dramatic adviser and the Managing Director. The Artistic Direction discusses and decides on questions of instrumentation, aspects regarding practical performance and, above all, the orchestra’s programme alignment (repertoire, acceptance or rejection of individual projects, etc.). The Artistic Direction opens up questions involving the orchestra’s overall identity or that can only be clarified in a larger context for general discussion at a Partners’ Meeting.