“For more than a year, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors has been tasked with finding a new conductor, who will also serve as the music director,” writes Bobbie Hayse in Sunday’s (10/16) Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.; registration required). The finalists, who will each conduct a program this season, are Daniel Black, Troy Quinn, Bruce Kiesling, and Roger Kalia. The search committee “enlisted the help of several outside sources, including Henry Fogel, the dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. The most important aspect of the search, Fogel said, is the conducting and musical ability of the finalists…While it is critical that conductors be involved in fundraising, are cooperative and willing to work with a board and speak to the public, ‘all of that is secondary to conducting,’ he said. Jesse Rosen, CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said with an orchestra in a city the size of Owensboro, involving the community is ‘terribly important…People are interested, they are curious and I think it is a way of solicited engagement.’ ” Each finalist “will spend the week in town to visit various places and participate in OSO programming.” The orchestra plans to announce the new music director in May 2017.
Posted October 19, 2016