The Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, based in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has announced the appointment of KEVIN McMAHON as music director, effective this summer. McMahon has served as artistic director and conductor of the Maud Powell Music Festival (Mendota, Illinois) since 1999, and as associate conductor of Manhattan’s New York Repertory Orchestra since 2005. From 1995 to 2008 he was music director and conductor of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra; earlier posts include music director and conductor of the National Arts Chamber Orchestra (1985-88) and head conductor for Lincoln Opera of Chicago (1989-94). McMahon has guest conducted widely in the U.S. and Europe, working in both the orchestral and operatic fields. A native of Michigan, he studied orchestral, choral, and opera conducting at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Posted March 18, 2009