The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City has announced the appointment of TRAVIS JÜRGENS as conductor and music director-designate; he will succeed ANDRÉS FRANCO as music director at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. Jürgens, founding music director of the United Orchestra of Urbana (Ill.), holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University and Illinois and a bachelor’s in piano performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a conducting instructor with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program and assistant conductor of the University of Illinois Opera Theatre. Jürgens has also guest conducted the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Illini Orchestra, and the IES Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Austria.
Posted April 2, 2010