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Tacoma Symphony announces finalists for new director position

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 4, 2012 at 5:40 am with 1 Comment »
May 31, 2012 11:44 pm
Scott Speck, one of the finalists for the TSO directorship position. Courtesy image.

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra has announced the four finalists for its upcoming artistic director position. The position, which will become vacant at the end of the 2013/14 season as long-term conductor Harvey Felder retires, requires a concert audition of all four finalists, which will take place through the 2012/13 season.

Sarah Ioannides has served as director of the Spartanburg Philharmonia and El Paso Symphony orchestras, introducing innovative programs with new media and world commissions.

Paul Haas is both composer and conductor, and music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Sympho, a touring music production company that utilizes unusual venues and performance methods.

Kevin Rhodes is finishing his tenth year as conductor of the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Traverse Symphony in Michigan, as well as guest conducting opera around Europe and North America.

Scott Speck is the music director of the Mobile Symphony and Joffrey Ballet, and has won acclaim for his guest performances at halls around Europe. He is also the co-author of “Classical Music for Dummies” and “Opera for Dummies,” and is a frequent writer and radio speaker on classical music.
The TSO plays Sept. 15 at the Puyallup Fair, the classical season resumes in October. 253-272-7264, tacomasymphony.org


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  1. For readers interested in knowing when each guest will conduct the TSO: Sarah Ioannides (February 2013), Paul Haas (May 2013), Kevin Rhodes (October 2013) and Scott Speck (November 2013). More details can be found at:

    Clark D’Elia
    Chair, TSO Music Director Search Committee

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