Four music director finalists to lead Minnesota’s St. Cloud Symphony in 2021-22

Posted on: November 3, 2021

“The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra is narrowing its search for a new conductor. Each of four candidates for the job will lead the symphony in a series of concerts this year,” writes Sarah Colburn in Sunday’s (10/31) St. Cloud Times (MN). “Each candidate chose the works for their concert [and] will rehearse with the symphony … before the public performance date…. From a group of 30-40 applicants, the finalists participated in Zoom interviews and the group was trimmed to four…. The musicians, and the public, will be able to comment and rate each conductor based on how they do their work, how they communicate … how they challenge the musicians, their stick technique, their understanding of the different musicianship groups and instruments that make up the symphony. [HyeYoun] Jang kicks off the symphony’s first performance season since COVID-19 restrictions shut down the group. The [Nov. 6] concert, she said, is a celebration and she opens with Paul Dukas’s ‘Fanfare.’ … She’ll lead the group into Igor Stravinsky’s Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra as well as Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra.” Music director candidates Ernesto Estigarribia, Grant Harville, and Hisham Groover will lead concerts in December, February, and April.