“The Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra will use their new season to feature candidates for the organization’s artistic director position,” writes Tyler Wilson in Thursday’s (10/5) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) “Each concert in the Voyage of Discovery season will be led by a different conductor, beginning with this weekend’s ‘Discover Europe’ concert, featuring Danh Pham, conductor for the Washington State University Symphony Orchestra. The candidates aim to replace David Demand, who left the symphony after 15 years to pursue other interests. Pham, originally from Honolulu, has been a guest conductor and clinician for several international ensembles … Pham said it isn’t uncommon in the orchestral world for artistic director finalists to be given an entire concert and rehearsal cycle. ‘It gives the hiring committee the opportunity to see who each candidate is and how they interact with the musicians and the community,’ Pham said.… Allison Morgan, principal second violin, has performed with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony for more than 10 years. She said the experience of bringing in guest conductors has so far been a new challenge. ‘I think it’s nice for our group to get different tastes of how different conductors feel,’ Morgan said.”

Posted October 6, 2017