Incoming master’s student Leonard Weiss, conducting, was featured in an article in The Canberra Times. He will study with Marin Alsop next fall.
Students and alumni of the conducting program have many successes to share. Master’s conducting student Jonathan T. Rush and Paola Avila (MM ‘18, Orchestral Conducting) are the current Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellows, with the Chicago Sinfonietta. In the 2018-19 season, they have received training, mentoring, coaching, development of fundraising and programming materials, and opportunities to conduct ensembles in the Chicago area. Master’s student Hilo Carriel, conducting, is a finalist in the 2019 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Solti Competition. Gonzalo Farias (GPD ‘18, Conducting) was a semi-finalist in the Malko Competition. Doctoral candidate Michael Repper, conducting, was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia. Finally, Michelle Rofrano (MM ’15, Conducting) is the assistant conductor at Florida Grand Opera. Last summer, she was also the assistant conductor at the Glimmerglass Festival.
Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting), Peabody’s Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Peabody Ensembles, has been named Berkeley Symphony’s next music director. He won the position after a last minute substitution for a January concert, after which he was clearly the best fit for the position. He will start this position in the 2019-20 season.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) will make his subscription debut conducting the Boston Pops on June 13 and 14. In addition to this, he is scheduled to perform with Ben Folds with the Atlanta Symphony on June 28 and will also conduct in both the Appalachian and Sewanee Summer Music Festivals. He has also announced that he has renewed his contract with the Amarillo Symphony for two more seasons as music director.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) directs the Nu Deco Ensemble, which has been appearing in exciting performances this season. In recent weeks, they performed at the Global Cuba Fest 2019. This weekend, Nu Deco will collaborate with Tune Yards in a performance at the New World Center. There will be new works by Magda Gianniko, Ricardo Romaneiro, and others in this technologically innovative concert. Then, on April 18, they return to the Adrienne Arsht Center for a concert with Ben Folds and the orchestral debut of New Zealand singer Kimbra. Bairos also conducts the Amarillo Symphony, which celebrated the Old West at the Globe-News Center, will close their season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on April 26 and 27.