Music Director Candidates
Chosen for Auditions
After receiving almost 100 resumes from conductors all over the world, Mid-Texas Symphony has narrowed its search to four candidates for a new music director. She or he takes the baton beginning Season No. 42 in 2019-2020. The final four candidates bring a wealth of experience and innovation a unique the to the podium. Each brings to the podium a unique history and educational background in symphonic music.
For the past eight months, a 10 member committee of dedicated Mid-Texas Symphony musicians and board members have given much attention and time to the search, which will fill the role of MTS music director relinquished by 22-year veteran, Maestro David Mairs, at the end of this the 2017-2018, our 40th Anniversary Season.
“There is no way I can adequately express my gratitude to our generous donors and supporters!” says Mairs of his distinguished career with MTS. “You have invested not only your financial resources, but also your hearts and your spirits in our orchestra. Your support and attendance helped us build a musical and service organization in which all of us can take pride.”
Mairs goes on to say that, it is time for a new artistic leader to take MTS on a journey into the Future.
Each candidate conducts a concert of the 2018-2019 Season: four concerts, four candidates. It is an opportunity for the community to continue to participate in Mid-Texas Symphony’s musical journey. A survey completed by audience gives feedback on the candidate’s style, performance and fit. They conduct a symphony from the classical cannon and the remainder of the program builds upon their selection. They also conduct a children’s concert for fourth and fifth grade students. Their task will be to pull excerpts from the classical concert program for the kids and present the material in way that kids “get”.
“The candidates will receive a list of symphonies from which to choose,” says Adrienne Stone, MTS music committee chair. “We want to see how they handle a major work as well as experience how she/he presents to adults and students.”
A reveal of dates and venues for the individual candidates’ “auditions” is slated for the final concert of this Season on April 29th. Passionately Bold features Mairs’ farewell performance and highlights the extraordinary talent of world-class violinist, Charles Yang performing Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. The season closes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 40. Tickets on sale NOW! Call: 830.463.5353
Akiko Fujimoto is the Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. She previously was the Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony for over five years and worked with many Mid-Texas Symphony musicians. She was also a Conducting Associate with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Music Director with the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra, Interim Music Director with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director for the Harvard Mozart Society Orchestra.
Silas Huff is the Music Director of the Astoria Symphony Orchestra (Queens, NYC), the Boulder Concert Band (Colorado), and Associate Director of Boulder Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (VA), the Astoria Symphony Orchestra (NYC), the U.S. Army Orchestra (Washington, DC), and the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra (TX). He was raised in San Antonio, earned a bachelor’s degree at Texas State University.
Diane Wittry is the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA), a per-service professional orchestra with a $3.2 million budget that performs 28 concerts per season. Diane Wittry is also the Artistic Director for the Ridgewood Symphony (NJ) and the International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians with the Sarajevo Philharmonic (Bosnia). In the past, she was the Music Director and Conductor of the Norwalk Symphony (CT), and Music Director and Conductor of The Symphony of Southeast Texas (TX).
Teresa Cheung is the Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience choral and orchestral conducting, including a sold-out children concert series in Hong Kong. She was also Resident Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival for eight seasons, and made her debut with the New York City Ballet.