Charleston Symphony narrows music director search to 6 finalists
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced it has settled on six finalists in its search for a new music director.
The search was launched last year, after the death of David Stahl, and will continue through the 2013-14 season when each of the five candidates will visit Charleston to conduct concerts.
Charleston Symphony management is asking audiences to participate in the audition process by submitting comments after the performances next season.
The search attracted more than 100 applicants, symphony officials said. A search committee narrowed the field to five:
Michael Butterman, music director for both the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Ken Lam, winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, resident conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras
Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
Sean Newhouse, who has served as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Perry So, one of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic
Christopher Wilkins, music director of the Orlando Philharmonic, Akron Symphony and Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
“We are very pleased with this group, and this is a very exciting time for the orchestra and our audience,” concertmaster and acting artistic director Yuriy Bekker said in a statement. “These conductors represent some of the best talent in the field.”
Bekker is one of seven CSO core musicians who serve on the search committee, which includes co-chairs John H. Warren III, president of the CSO Board of Directors; Robert Blocker, vice president of artistic; community leaders Louise Maybank and George Stevens; and CSO Executive Director Daniel Beckley.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated Tuesday to include new information provided by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.