Commanday.jpgThe New Jersey Youth Symphony has announced the appointment of DAVID COMMANDAY as artistic director, effective June 1, 2009. Commanday has been music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for the last eight years, and since 2003 has served as music director of the Peoria-based Central Illinois Youth Symphony, prior to which he was music director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has led all-state orchestras in Massachusetts and Vermont and has taught and conducted at Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Commanday is also a performing cellist and active guest conductor. He holds a diploma in orchestral conducting from the Vienna Hochschule für Music, where he graduated with highest honors. (Photo: Vicki Taufer)