Conductor Contest: Symphony begins process to select new conductor

Conductor Contest: Symphony begins process to select new conductor


The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is reaching out to the public for help in picking their new conductor. 
It's a process that began in 2015 as a worldwide search.

This is the first time in 20 years that the symphony has had to pick a new conductor after Dr. Candler Schaffer conducted his final concert in April.

The Orchestra wants everyone to be involved in the selection process from the selection committee to audience members.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to have new blood, new ideas, and a new face in the orchestra," said Elizabeth Yeager, Chair of the Search Committee.  "We are looking for someone who works well within our community and works well with the orchestra that is already in place."

Three finalists were picked from the 150 applicants through resumes, video auditions and Skype interviews.

"It's very exciting and it's obviously very important that the conductor is a part of what we do and the mission of our organization to provide live symphonic music to this area," said Yeager.

The selection process will involve the search committee, members of the orchestra and the audience.
This is to make sure the selection they make will be the best possible for the community.

This process was inspired by symphonies across the country that already have this in place.

Each candidate will be in town for a week and then the selection will be made.

Each conductor will conduct a concert with the symphony, meet with board members and people in the community.

"We want them to know that it's part of them and that we're listening to them," said Katie Parkey, President of the Wichita Falls Symphony.  "It is a very exciting time for the symphony.  A new time of transition, rebirth, growth and it's fun." 
 
The first candidate will be in Wichita Falls next week to start practicing with the symphony

The selection committee hopes to have a new conductor picked by March. 
Their concert is Saturday, October 1.

For more information about the concert and where to buy tickets, click here.


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