New conductor appointed at Minot Symphony

Posted on: August 10, 2012

In Thursday’s (8/9) Minot Daily News (North Dakota), Ceecy Nucker writes, “The search for Dennis Simons’ replacement as conductor of the Minot Symphony Orchestra is finally over, with Scott Seaton, from Kent State University in Ohio, coming to take the baton. … ‘We had well over 60 applicants, including 20 international applicants including Italians, Germans, Serbians and Greeks,’ said Kenneth Bowles, chair of the Minot State University music division, who also chaired the search committee for a new conductor. ‘We had to ask Paulette (Dailey, executive director of the MSO) to stop accepting applications, and they’re still continuing to come.’ … Luanne Erickson, Minot Symphony Orchestra president, described the process as ‘invigorating.’ … Seaton’s credentials are impressive, especially in light of his age. Barely into his 30s, he made his international debut in 2007 with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and has conducted in Zurich, Mexico, Chicago, Winnipeg and Manhattan. He holds degrees from the Universite de Montreal, the New England Conservatory and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He was recently announced as one of 20 finalists to compete in the International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt in mid-September this year.”

Posted August 10, 2012