Savannah Philharmonic’s eight music director candidates reflect focus on diversity

“The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra released a list of eight finalists this week who will vie next year to replace Peter Shannon as music director” in 2019-20, writes Joshua Peacock in Wednesday’s (12/12) Savannah Morning News (GA). “The SPO has hired outside consultant Henry Fogel to help with the search process....

December 15, 2018
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Detroit Symphony’s positive financial news

“At its annual meeting Thursday, the once-beleaguered Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced its sixth consecutive year in the black, and its fourth year in a row of steadily rising ticket revenue,” reports Michael H. Hodges in Thursday’s (12/13) Detroit News....

Bring on the Berlioz: Delaware Symphony receives donation of pitched church bells

“The friars at the Franciscan Center in Wilmington are giving away their 19 Bells of Remembrance. Seven went to Delaware’s largest orchestra,” the Delaware Symphony, write Betsy Price and Suchat Pederson in Tuesday’s (12/11) Delaware News Journal....

A classical radio station with local performers, podcasts, streaming, bilingual programs

North Carolina’s WDAV-FM classical radio station “is displaying some youthful strength in key indicators—with increasing financial support, and with research that shows 21 percent of its audience is in the 18 to 34 age range, younger than the station itself,” writes Mark Washburn in Wednesday’s (12/12) Charlotte Observer (N.C.)....

Growing intersection: politics and classical music

“Politics is proving to be fertile ground for composers looking to connect with an audience,” writes James Chute in Wednesday’s (12/12) New Music Box....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas has appointed two new musicians: Assistant Principal Flute GABRIEL FRIDKIS and Assistant Principal Oboe TAMER EDLEBI. Both musicians begin performing with the orchestra on New Year’s Eve. ...

Artistic: Houston Symphony

The Houston Symphony has announced the addition of violinist PATRICIA QUINTERO GARCIA and violist ALEXA SANGBIN THOMSON to its Community-Embedded Musicians initiative....

Artistic: Tianjin Juilliard School

The Juilliard School in New York City has announced the resident faculty for the Tianjin Juilliard School, located in Tainjin, China. Opening in 2019, the Tianjin Juilliard School will be ...

Artistic: New World Symphony

The New World Symphony has appointed MARTIN SHER to the position of senior vice president for artistic planning and programs, effective January 1, 2019. He goes to the Miami Beach-based orchestra…

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Industry Buzz

Columbus Symphony to debut six works from inaugural SCORE competition

On January 9, Ohio’s Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform six original compositions by winners of the orchestra’s first SCORE competition, during a free Happy Hour Concert led by Music Director Rossen Milanov at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus....

New Philip Glass Institute in NYC, with composer Lisa Bielawa as curator

The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York City is opening a new Philip Glass Institute, with Lisa Bielawa (pictured) as composer-in-residence and chief curator. The Institute will launch on January 6 ...

Portland Symphony world premiere to feature poems from statewide writing contest

On January 27, the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine will perform the world premiere of Michael-Thomas Foumai’s The Telling Rooms, led by Music Director Designate Eckart Preu. The piece was inspired by three poems ...

Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, focusing on chamber music and low ticket prices

The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series in New York City, which presents affordably priced concerts featuring soloists and chamber ensembles at Washington Irving High School and Town Hall, will feature eighteen concerts in 2018-19....

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Help Yourself

Important (and timely) League seminar next month

Get the tools you need to create a workplace free of sexual misconduct in Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures of Respect, a seminar from the League of American Orchestras....

Juilliard offers free live-streams of master classes

The Juilliard School is presenting a series of free, live-streamed master classes this season. Cellist Steven Isserlis led a class on December 7, and coming up are master classes with violinist Ronald Copes and cellist Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet (Tuesday, December 18) ... 

Apply now for Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition, an annual program that has helped build the musical careers of young talent for more than 30 years.... 

New study from Wallace shows opera company built audiences through market research

How can performing arts groups use market research to develop programs that appeal to new audiences? A just-released study from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative shows how the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis used market research to understand and reach new audiences—with lessons that orchestras can apply....

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