Alfred Savia to step down as Evansville Philharmonic music director in 2020

Posted on: January 5, 2018

“Evansville Philharmonic music director and conductor Alfred Savia will step down after the end of the 2019-20 season,” reports Abbey Doyle in Thursday’s (1/4) Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana). “Savia, who will celebrate his 30th season with the EPO in the upcoming 2018-19 season, has extended his contract through the end of the 2019-20 season but announced he will step down at the end of that season. ‘The Orchestra Board, management and I are keenly aware of the challenge of finding the right person to become the next EPO music director,’ Savia, 64, said. ‘To that end, the EPO’s Executive Committee and I have agreed to extend my contract through the 2019-20 season. During that season, the Orchestra will be led by guest conductors—who will be music director candidates—in addition to concerts that I will continue to lead.’ Savia said he’s committed to continuing to provide the Philharmonic with artistic leadership until his successor is selected and in place. … EPO executive Director Gary Wagner described Savia as a ‘tremendous asset not only for the EPO but also for the entire Tri-State community.’ A music director search committee chaired by EPO principal clarinetist Thomas Josenhans is being formed.”

Posted January 5, 2018