Altoona Symphony moves ahead following departure of music director

Posted on: June 7, 2021

“Leaders of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors described the organization’s parting with music director and maestra Teresa Cheung as ‘amicable’ and they are looking to the future by formulating a multi-year strategic plan focused on attracting younger patrons and attendees,” writes Patt Keith in Monday’s (6/7) Altoona Mirror (PA). “ASO board President C. David Kimmel and board member George Sackandy discussed the ASO’s future plans this week after Cheung announced her departure at an outdoor performance at Lakemont Park on Monday. Former ASO conductor Nicholas Palmer has agreed to assist with five of the seven tentatively scheduled dates…. Guest conductors will be used for the two dates that conflict with Palmer’s schedule…. In an email Friday, Cheung expressed gratitude for the opportunities she had while with the ASO, since she assumed the baton in 2008…. Cheung didn’t answer questions about her future plans. The ASO recently hired Rick Vanevenhoven, a former CFO and vice president of finance for Sheetz … as executive director…. ASO supporter and Penn State music professor Timothy Melbinger of Hollidaysburg said Cheung will be missed…. Cheung established a symphony youth orchestra, and the board intends to continue and enhance such outreach to the next generation.”