The Seattle Symphony has announced the appointment of THOMAS HONG as the orchestra’s Douglas F. King Assistant Conductor, effective in September. He will succeed CAROLYN KUAN, who assumed that post in September 2006, was subsequently promoted to associate conductor, and concluded her tenure with the orchestra at the end of the 2008-09 season. Hong served most recently as associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and as assistant conductor of the Orchestra National de France. Previous appointments include assistant conductor, Curtis Opera Theatre; music director, Delaware County (Pa.) Youth Orchestra; and visiting assistant professor, Haverford College. In 2006 he helped to found the Youth Symphony for United Nations, based in Greenwich, Conn. Hong trained in piano in his native Korea and at Philadelphia Biblical University, subsequently earning a master’s degree in choral conducting from Temple University and an artist’s diploma in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Thomas Hong photo by Richard W. Rodriguez

Posted July 24, 2009