Finding a Maestro involves a great deal of time, commitment and planning. The Conductor Search Committee, comprised of Venice Symphony Board members, musicians and Executive Director Christine Kasten began meeting in September 2015. The Committee received 164 applications from conductors all over the world, vying for the chance to lead The Venice Symphony. After many meetings and SKYPE interviews, the Committee chose the seven finalists: Teresa Cheung, Silas N. Huff, Janna Hymes, Steven Jarvi, Stilian Kirov, Troy Quinn and Wesley Schulz. Each will conduct a concert featuring music they selected for The Venice Symphony’s 2017-18 season.
“This Committee was dedicated and they really care about our Symphony,” said Ed Campbell, Committee Chair. “I feel we picked the best finalists. I am confident they will appreciate and respect the traditions of The Symphony.”
“I was so impressed by the level of talent and experience of the conductors who applied for this position,” said Christine Kasten, Executive Director of The Venice Symphony. “We are honored and excited to bring them and their programs to The Symphony and our audience.”
All season musicians and audience members have submitted surveys after each concert. Those survey results will be considered by The Board of Directors at the conclusion of the season and the new maestro will begin his or her tenure with The Symphony in the 2018-19 season.