The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s Board of Trustees issued this proclamation at its meeting on Sept. 18, 2014:

Whereas, Martha S. Gilmer has served the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association with unwavering dedication and extraordinary talent for more than 35 years, beginning as an intern in 1976, then joining the staff as the assistant artistic administrator in 1979, and assuming increasing levels of responsibility as artistic administrator in 1985, vice president for artistic planning in 1998, and vice president for artistic planning and audience development in 2004, and

Whereas, during those years, Martha further enhanced the reputation of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as one of the world’s greatest orchestras, and won the respect and admiration of some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma and the Musicians of the CSO; former CSO Music Director Daniel Barenboim and former CSO Music Director Laureate Sir Georg Solti, and former Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink and former Principal Guest Conductors Claudio Abbado and Carlo Maria Giulini, and

Whereas, in collaborations with Chorus Director and Conductor Duain Wolfe and former Chorus Director Margaret Hillis, Martha helped the Chicago Symphony Chorus become known as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the world, and

Whereas, thanks to Martha’s partnership with trustee and artistic leaders, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot, as well as her dedication, creativity and resourcefulness, the Civic was sustained, enabling it to grow and thrive, and

Whereas, Martha led the CSOA in bringing hundreds of renowned guest artists of all musical genres to Chicago — classical, world, jazz and contemporary — through the Symphony Center Presents series, and

Whereas, Martha’s leadership brought new music to Chicago and the world through the creation of the popular MusicNOW series and with the founding of the CSO’s Mead Composer-in-Residence program, whose appointees have been Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, Osvaldo Golijov and Mark-Anthony Turnage, Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran and John Corigliano, and

Whereas, Martha has drawn other new audiences to Symphony Center by introducing new approaches to the presentation of classical music, including collaborations with arts, humanities and community organizations across the city; new series such as CSO at the Movies, Afterwork Masterworks, Classic Encounter and Beyond the Score, and festivals whose themes have ranged from East Meets West to Truth to Power, and whose programs have engaged diverse audiences across Chicago, and

Whereas, Martha’s work is so highly regarded that generous benefactors Richard and Mary L. Gray endowed her position, creating the first endowed administrative position in CSOA history, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair,

Be it resolved, that on the occasion of their meeting on Sept. 18, 2014, the members of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association hereby express their profound respect and gratitude for the exemplary leadership of Martha S. Gilmer, congratulate her on her new role as chief executive officer of the San Diego Symphony, and proclaim that Martha S. Gilmer’s ideas and ideals will forever be part of the legacy as well as the future success of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.