Canada’s Sudbury Symphony announces candidates to succeed Victor Sawa as music director

Posted on: April 15, 2015

An unbylined story posted Monday (4/13) on Canada’s CBC website reports, “Jennifer McGillivray has a vision for the Sudbury [Ontario] Symphony Orchestra, and she hopes you’ll be a part of it. The new Executive Director of the SSO is the face of some sweeping changes in the organization, including the imminent departure of longtime music director Victor Sawa. Sawa has been with the group for 18 years, and according to McGillivray, has accepted some ‘wonderful contracts in Europe.’ Now, the search is on for a new conductor. ‘It’s exciting,’ she said. ‘Four candidates have already been selected out of several dozen who applied nationally and internationally.’ The final four are Canadian: Gordon Gerrard, Martin MacDonald, Mélanie Léonard and Dina Gilbert. Sudbury audiences will get a taste of each of their styles in select concerts in the spring of 2016…. ‘I really see [the SSO] becoming the premiere cultural destination for the city of Sudbury,’ she said. ‘[But] I want everybody to feel comfortable at the symphony, and [feel] like this symphony belongs to this town.’ ” Sawa will conduct his final concert as SSO music director on April 18.

Posted April 15, 2015