In Friday’s (8/22) Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.), Hannah Grover reports on new leadership at the youth orchestra run by the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colo. “The son of the San Juan Symphony’s founder is taking over the symphony’s youth orchestra,” Grover writes. “Kurt Chrisman, a retired Piedra Vista High School and Mesa View Middle School orchestra teacher, was hired as the director of the youth orchestra. The youth orchestra consists of high school and college musicians from around the Four Corners.” San Juan Symphony Executive Director Kathy Myrick “said the board of directors immediately thought about Chrisman when the previous director retired.… ‘He’s been teaching kids music for his entire career,’ Myrick said.” A member of the San Juan Symphony, Chrisman “had taught in Farmington since 1998 when Piedra Vista High School first opened.” He said he “hopes to work with some of his former students and to get to know some new students while directing the youth orchestra. And he said he wants to increase the number of students from the Four Corners area.” Prior to moving to Farmington Chrisman had led high school and middle school orchestras in Las Cruces, N.M.
Posted August 25, 2014