The West Michigan Symphony, based in Muskegon and known until this spring as the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, has announced a five-year renewal of SCOTT SPECK’s contract as music director. Speck, who has led the orchestra since 2002, is also music director of Alabama’s Mobile Symphony and conductor of the Washington (D.C.) Ballet. He has served in key leadership roles with the Honolulu Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Ballet, and has appeared as guest conductor with the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing. Speck is co-author of three books in the best-selling “Dummies” series, one each on classical music, opera, and ballet.   

Posted May 15, 2009