Michigan’s Grand Rapids Symphony has announced the one-year appointment of YANIV SEGAL as conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Segal will lead the Youth Symphony’s two ensembles, which perform throughout the academic year; members range in age from 12 to 21 and represent schools across West Michigan. In addition to being a conductor, Segal is a composer, violinist, and former child actor. He has held positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony (NY), and Naples Philharmonic (FL). where he also was the music director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Segal is a finalist for the position of music director at the Rockford, Salina, and Ashland orchestras. He has led orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Sinfonietta Cracovia. While assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic from 2014 to 2017, he conducted nearly 20 different programs annually. A committee will be formed to search for a permanent replacement for Grand Rapids Symphony Associate Conductor John Varineau, who retired in May and whose duties included leading the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony’s ensembles and working with the Grand Rapids Symphony.