Symphonicity, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has announced the appointment of DANIEL W. BOOTHE as music director, starting with the 2017-18 season. He succeeds the orchestra’s founding music director, David Kunkel, who announced his plans to retire two years ago. Boothe is a native of Salisbury, Maryland with twenty years of credits as a producer, composer, performer, and conductor. In 2007 he received the David Effron Conducting Fellowship from the Chautauqua Institution, where he led symphonic, ballet, and opera performances. In the pops field, he has worked with such artists as Paul Simon, Garth Brooks, Trish Yearwood, Yolanda Adams, and James Taylor. Boothe served in the U.S. military as an officer, conductor, and public affairs strategist for the U.S. Air Force, including as a conductor for the United States Air Force Band and Orchestra. An advocate for music therapy, he created a partnership among the Air Force, American Music Therapy Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts to provide music therapy for wounded personnel at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Posted June 13, 2017