Hunter College of the City University of New York has announced the appointment of REUBEN BLUNDELL as music director and conductor of the Hunter Symphony, effective this fall. Blundell is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music, where he has studied conducting with Neil Varon and violin with Zvi Zeitlin. He received additional conducting training in workshops led by the Conductors Guild, the League of American Orchestras, the Bakersfield (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra, the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic, and Symphony Australia. Blundell was a violin fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently in the New World Symphony. While at NWS he was encouraged by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to pursue a career in conducting, and was named music director of the CGCC Young Musicians’ Orchestra in Coral Gables, Fla. Blundell is a native of Australia, where he performed as a regular substitute violinist with the Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, and Tasmanian symphony orchestras.

Posted July 28, 2009