Eight notable music conductors have been named finalists in the music director search by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. The two-year search process kicked off last year when Andrew Grams announced he would depart at the end of the 2020-21 season. The new music director will be announced at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
Canadian conductor Tania Miller led the ESO in its October 2021 season opener, “Pines of Rome.” She was music director for Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years and was named Director Emerita for her commitment to the community. Miller will conduct the Calgary Opera next year.
Read Miller’s full bio here.
Andres Lopera is in his third season as associate conductor of the Columbus Symphony and music director of the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Lopera will conduct CARNIVALE! on Oct. 8 and 9.
Get concert information and read Lopera’s full bio here.
As music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, John Gennaro Devlin, at age 35, is one of the nation’s youngest music directors to lead a professional symphony orchestra.
Devlin will conduct DRAMATIC & MYSTERIOUS on Nov. 5 and 6, 2022.
Get concert information and read Devlin’s full bio here.
Andrew Crust is associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony in Canada and is in his second season as music director of the Lima Symphony.
Crust will conduct EXUBERANT ENERGY on Jan. 7 and 8, 2023.
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Kyle Ritenauer is founder and artistic director of the Uptown Philharmonic, and has led ensembles across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is also on the conducting faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
Ritenauer will conduct HOMAGE on Feb. 4 and 5, 2023.
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Lee Mills is currently the associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony and previously served as resident conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.
Mills will conduct CULTURAL CROSSROADS on Mar. 4 and 5, 2023.
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Argentinian-born conductor Alex Amsel is currently assistant conductor for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2021 seasons.
Amsel will conduct THE FORCE OF FATE on April 1 and 2, 2023.
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Chad Goodman is currently conducting fellow for the New World Symphony, and founder and artistic director of the Elevate Ensemble.
Goodman will conduct FEEL on May 6 and 7, 2023.
Get concert information and read Goodman’s bio here.