Macon Symphony appoints Stare music director

Posted on: March 13, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/13) Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Phillip Ramati reports, “Ward Stare, considered a rising star among conductors, will become the [Macon Symphony’s] new conductor and music director as well as Mercer’s distinguished artist and university orchestra conductor, Macon Symphony Orchestra and Mercer University announced Monday. The announcement caps off what has been a whirlwind few days for Stare. Thursday, he was in Washington, D.C., before returning to his home in St. Louis on Friday to conduct a performance of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Saturday, Stare was in New York conducting in Carnegie Hall. And after returning Sunday to St. Louis for rehearsals, Stare arrived in Macon later that evening. … Stare, 29, formally will be introduced Tuesday morning at a news conference as the symphony’s new music director. Naming Stare as its director should also help settle things for the symphony, which has been without a full-time music director and conductor since Adrian Gnam left in 2009 after 27 years. … Stare has served as resident conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, a position created for him by music director David Robertson, since 2008. Stare also served as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.” Stare served as a League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2007-08 season.

Posted March 13, 2012