“After a two-year search for a new music director, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra named Michael Butterman its first new director in more than 40 years,” writes Mickayla Miller in Thursday’s (6/16) LancasterOnline (PA). “The organization started its search after former director Stephen Gunzenhauser, who led the orchestra for 40 years, retired in 2020. The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra received more than 190 applicants for the position. The organization narrowed it down to four candidates, who each conducted their own performance for LSO. Butterman’s guest performance was held April 8 and 9 … in downtown Lancaster. His show, called ‘Awaken,’ doubled as a benefit concert for Ukraine. ‘From our first rehearsals with Michael, it was clear he was a musician and artist of exceptional quality focused on engaging the entire community,’ said Lancaster Symphony Orchestra board chair and principal cello player Sara Male in a press release…. Butterman will start in his role on July 1, and will conduct four concerts with the orchestra for its 2022-2023 season.” Butterman is also music director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic; as announced in March, he begins as music director of the Williamsburg (VA) Symphony Orchestra this summer.