Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins music director hunt

Posted on: November 7, 2011

In Sunday’s (11/6) Burlington County Times, Peg Quann writes, “Three candidates will vie for the position of conductor and music director of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey during its 2011-12 season. The three will helm one of the orchestra’s subscription concerts, the first of which will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eastern Regional Performing Arts Center off Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees, Camden County. The finalists are Matthew Oberstein, conductor of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble in New York; Brian Norcross, artistic director and conductor of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra and Allegro Youth Chamber Orchestra in Lancaster, Pa., as well as conductor of instrumental ensembles at Franklin & Marshall College; and Reuben Blundell, director of the Hunter Symphony at Hunter College in New York. Oberstein will conduct Sunday’s concert, titled ‘Romantic Masterpieces.’ … After the concerts, the orchestra, its board of directors and patrons themselves will vote on who will succeed retiring director Philip F. Travaline, who has led the all-volunteer regional orchestra for two decades. … An ad-hoc search committee, comprised of players’ representatives from the orchestra and members of the philharmonic’s board of directors, combed the nation for Travaline’s successor after he announced his plan to retire last year.”

Posted November 7, 2011