Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s Gaylin: relishing conducting’s intensity and energy

Posted on: March 6, 2014

In Sunday’s (3/2) Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), Michelle Brunetti interviews Jed Gaylin, music director of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, whose March 23 concert at New Jersey’s Richard Stockton College will feature works by Barber, Ravel, Strauss, and Schubert. “The first time Jed Gaylin heard Brahms’ First Symphony as a 10-year-old piano student, he was hooked. ‘It’s a big, intense piece. I put on the LP and remember thinking, “Wow! I don’t know what this is, but it’s bigger than I am.” … The Bay-Atlantic Symphony … is based in Bridgeton but performs throughout South Jersey. .… ‘When I’m up on the podium making music with an orchestra it’s a huge energy outlay, but at the same time energy is flowing back to you,’ he said. The variety in his work, which includes lining up artists, editing parts, rehearsing and working on public relations and grant writing, also helps, he said. ‘There are all sorts of hidden efficiencies, synergy and contacts,’ he said.” The article notes that Gaylin, who lives in Baltimore, is also music director at that city’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra as well as the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in West Virginia.

Posted March 6, 2014