“The Modesto Symphony Orchestra recently announced the appointment of Ryan Murray as the Symphony’s next Principal Pops Conductor,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (7/19) Escalon Times (Oakdale, CA). “The MSO continues to search for the Symphony’s next Music Director…. Murray will be the primary conductor for the Pops Series and create the programming for those concerts and Picnic at the Pops. ‘Ryan Murray has been the MSO’s Associate Conductor since 2013 and has conducted our Holiday Pops! and film concerts for the past several years,’ said [MSO President and CEO] Caroline Nickel…. ‘We’re excited to collaborate with him in his new role.’… Murray is [also] currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley. He is also the Director of Symphony Orchestra & Opera at California State University, Sacramento … and currently the Music Director of Opera Modesto…. Murray will lead the MSO and kick off the 92nd Season in September as Picnic at the Pops! returns for the first time since 2019. Murray holds degrees … in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento and … a master’s degree … in Music Business from the Berklee College of Music.”