Rochester Philharmonic names Ward Stare music director

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Randy Gorbman reports Tuesday (7/29) on (Rochester, N.Y.), “After a search that has been going on for about a year and a half, the Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced it has hired a new music director. He is Ward Stare, a 31-year-old Pittsford [N.Y.] native whose recent work included conducting with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also served as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012.” During the 2007-08 season he held a staff conducting post at the Los Angeles Philharmonic through the League of American Orchestras’ American Conducting Fellows Program. “Stare began studying trombone at the age of 9 and was accepted into the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the age of 11. He graduated early from Pittsford Mendon High School to study trombone at the Juilliard School.” Stare studied conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was a recipient of the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize. Gorbman reports that Stare “will open the RPO’s 2014-15 season with a special concert at the Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall featuring guest soloist Midori.” He succeeds Arild Remmereit, who departed in December 2012.

Posted July 30, 2014