Ward Stare -- whose website calls him "one of the hottest young conductors in America" -- proved too hot for Macon.
Stare resigned last week as conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra.
He signed on with the local symphony less than a year ago after a three-year search.
Stare "simply did not have the time and energy needed to devote to the Macon Symphony Orchestra," said its CEO Sheryl Towers. She said Stare, a young conductor in demand, has received offers to conduct all over the world.
Stare and the orchestra signed a three-year contract, but he exercised his opt-out clause after one year, Towers said.
Meanwhile, she said the orchestra must turn to planning its 2013-14 season.
Stare had proposed a series of concerts for the coming year, she said, but now they'll fill in with guest conductors who will help develop their own programs.
She called Stare "a wonderful talent" who gave the orchestra a boost during his short time here.
"Our musicians enjoyed playing under his leadership, and he brought a lot of excitement to the community," said Towers.
Stare did not respond to a request for comment by email.