Omaha Symphony concertmaster announces departure

Posted on: March 31, 2010

In Wednesday (3/31) Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska), John Pitcher writes, “The Omaha Symphony is about to lose its concertmaster. Amy Sims, who has led the orchestra’s first violin section for the past 10 years, announced Tuesday that she would not return for the 2010-11 season, which begins in September. She plans to pursue a freelance career specializing in early music performance. … Sims, a California native, first became interested in early music performance while a student at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She caught the early-music bug again two years ago, when St. Cecilia Cathedral music director Marie Rubis-Bauer launched the Omaha Baroque Festival. … [Music Director Thomas] Wilkins said the orchestra will hold auditions in the near future and select three finalists. Those finalists will each perform in two concerts, a MasterWorks, and a Pops program next season. ‘I’m going to be looking for someone with a real rich, Philadelphia Orchestra kind of string sound,’ said Wilkins.”

Posted March 31, 2010