The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, based in Scranton, has named MÉLISSE BRUNET interim music director and conductor, beginning with the 2018-19 season. She replaces Lawrence Loh, who stepped down as music director in 2017. Brunet began her career with the NEPA Philharmonic as apprentice conductor in 2016. She was recently selected by the League of American Orchestras to be part of the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in Nashville on April 3-4, 2018, and she was one of six women conductors selected for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute at the Dallas Opera. She regularly guest conducts France’s Opera Orchestre National Montpellier. A native of Paris, Brunet holds degrees from the University of La Sorbonne and from the Paris Conservatoire, where she earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. Brunet’s appointment is part of the orchestra’s relaunch of its mainstage concerts, following a 2017-18 season of chamber concerts, educational programs, and reorganization.

Posted May 17, 2018