In Thursday’s (10/7) Press Gazette (Green Bay, Wisconsin), Alex Morrell writes, “Students at Wequiock Elementary School spent part of Wednesday afternoon learning the ins and outs of conducting a symphony, as well as some Japanese catchphrases, from the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s guest conductor. Morihiko Nakahara visited the school as part of a partnership between the elementary school and the symphony, which provides students the opportunity to learn more about classical music and to attend four major symphony performances free. … Nakahara is one of four people vying to become the music director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. It’s the first conductor search in nine years for the orchestra, which started with more than 200 applicants from around the world. How the conductor will serve the symphony’s community outreach mission is a big piece of the search. ‘One of the ways in which we want to expand the interview process is to put them in different settings that allows us to see how they interact with students, adults and, really, the community,’ said Mark Stefiuk, executive director for the symphony.”

Posted October 8, 2010