Detroit Symphony names Michelle Merrill assistant conductor

In Tuesday’s (10/21) Detroit News, Michael H. Hodges reports the appointment of Michelle Merrill as assistant conductor. She “comes from Jacksonville, Florida, where for three seasons she was guest conductor at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.” As the DSO’s assistant conductor Merrill succeeds Teddy Abrams...

October 22, 2014
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Mayor declares Oct. 20-25 “Symphony Week” in Huntsville, Alabama

In Monday’s (10/20) Huntsville Times (Alabama), Steve Doyle writes, “Mayor Tommy Battle has proclaimed Oct. 20-25 as ‘Symphony Week’ in celebration of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary....

Cincinnati Symphony introduces $25 “backstage” pass

“If you like things that are exclusive and inexpensive, this might appeal to you. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is testing Boundless Backstage...

Michael Francis prepares to settle in at Florida Orchestra

In Wednesday’s (10/22) Tampa Bay Times, Stephanie Hayes profiles Michael Francis, incoming music director of the Florida Orchestra. “All eyes will be on Francis this weekend, when he guest conducts...

In Pennsylvania, building an orchestra from the ground up

In Sunday’s (10/19) Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes that the “brand new Pennsylvania Philharmonic makes its debut Saturday in a splashy Ravel/Gershwin program with star pianist Simone Dinnerstein at Pottstown High School,” located 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia....

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Who's In?

Administrative: National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has appointed ANN MEIER BAKER as it new director of music and opera, effective January 12, 2015. She replaces Wayne Brown, who stepped down from the NEA in January 2014....

Administrative: Portland Youth Philharmonic

The Portland (Ore.) Youth Philharmonic has announced the appointment of KIRI MURAKAMI-LOEHMANN as executive director....

Artistic: Pacific Symphony

The Pacific Symphony, in California’s Orange County, has announced two additions to its musician roster for the 2014-15 season: KYLE MENDIGUCHIA, bass trombone, and TED SUGATA, second oboe....

Artistic: Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Institution in western New York State has announced the appointment of ROSSEN MILANOV as music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The 49-year-old Bulgarian-born conductor will begin his responsibilities immediately in preparation for his inaugural summer of residency in 2015....

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Industry Buzz

Music Alive: New Partnerships residencies announced by League of American Orchestras and New Music USA

The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA announced Wednesday (10/22) that twelve orchestras and composers have been selected to receive Music Alive: New Partnerships grants of $7,500 each. The program will support a series of one-week residencies between 2014 and 2016....

New Jersey Symphony’s “Artist Box” collaboration with Newark art gallery

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has inaugurated a new partnership this season in which artists from Gallery Aferro, a contemporary-art gallery based in Newark, will attend orchestra performances....

Richmond Symphony to co-present January concert honoring Holocaust survivors

The Richmond (Va.) Symphony is partnering with the city’s Virginia Holocaust Museum and its Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center to present “Voices of Survival,” a multi-media program on January 27, 2015 …

Decoda appointed affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall has appointed Decoda, a New York-based chamber ensemble, as its first Affiliate Ensemble. Decoda’s musicians first collaborated during the two-year Ensemble ACJW fellowship program....

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Help Yourself

The new issue of Symphony magazine is available online now!

In the fall issue, we unpack the multiple meanings of the Seattle Symphony’s remix of “Baby Got Back” with rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, offer the latest updates on how to cope with the new regulations that are designed to thwart illegal trade in elephant ivory...

Peabody Institute to host “What’s Next for Classical Music?” symposium

In Baltimore, the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University will host a symposium entitled “What’s Next for Classical Music?” on October 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Peabody’s Friedberg Concert Hall. Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost…

2014-15 Orchestra Governance Center Grants

Apply now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2014-15 Governance Center Grants, which provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500, and those selected via a competitive application process will be informed by mid-January 2015....

Seminar: Building an Effective Fundraising Board

Board members are critical components in fundraising for orchestras—but are they comfortable as fundraisers? Are they engaged in meaningful fundraising? The League of American Orchestras will present Building an Effective Fundraising Board, an interactive seminar for orchestra board members and CEOs, on November 6, 2014....

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