In Monday’s (12/20) Island Packet (Hilton Head, South Carolina), Josh McCann reports, “Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra officials say they are pleased with the number and caliber of candidates vying to replace music director Mary Woodmansee Green. The orchestra received 195 applications, many from conductors who work with major orchestras, during a search that began in October and ended Wednesday, officials announced Monday. Applicants hail from Europe, the Far East, South America, Canada, New Zealand and throughout the United States, according to the announcement. … Some search committee members traveled to see candidates perform with other orchestras, Briggs said. She expects the field to be cut to 20 by early February. Before then, she said, committee members probably will visit Louisiana, where three of the orchestra’s applicants are among a group of six promising conductors invited to perform at a League of American Orchestras event. The search committee plans to make a recommendation to the orchestra’s board of directors in early 2011.” The League event referred to is the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview and Music Director Search Seminar, taking place February 15–17 in New Orleans.
Posted December 21, 2010