JERRY HOU has been named associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. As the orchestra’s associate conductor, Hou will work with Music Director Robert Spano, Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, and other guest conductors in concerts and recording sessions. As music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hou will oversee repertoire selection, auditions, rehearsals, and competitions, as well as the selection and seating of the student players, while working the Atlanta Symphony’s education and community engagement department. Prior to his appointment with the Atlanta Symphony, Hou served on the faculty of Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he led the contemporary ensemble and worked with the symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music program, and opera. He served as founder and artistic director of the music series, Hear&Now. As a conductor, Hou has collaborated with internationally acclaimed orchestras and composers; and has served as associate conductor of the Aspen Music Festival for three summers.
The Atlanta Symphony has announced that Jaclyn Rainey, the orchestra’s former third horn, has returned as principal horn, and the following musicians have joined the orchestra: Dae Hee Ahn, second violin; Robert Anemone, second violin; Kevin Chen, first violin; Anthony Limoncelli, trumpet; Rachel Ostler, second violin.