The Utah Symphony has appointed GERALD STEICHEN principal pops conductor; his arrival comes as Keith Lockhart prepares to step down as music director in May of this year. Steichen, currently music director of the Ridgefield (Conn.) Symphony and associate conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, has conducted such U.S. organizations as the Boston Pops and New York Pops; the Utah, New Jersey, Hartford, Wheeling, and Eastern Connecticut symphony orchestras; and the New York City Opera Orchestra. He has also led the NDR Orchestra (Hanover, Germany), Oslo’s NRK Orchestra, and the Tokyo City Symphony. A native of Oklahoma, Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University, and the University of Southern California.