“Scott Seaton has been chosen as the new artistic director of the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College, officials with the organization announced Tuesday,” writes James D. Watts Jr. in Tuesday’s (5/24) Tulsa World (OK). “Seaton, who made his in-person debut with the orchestra in April, was chosen after a nationwide search that was protracted and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He becomes only the third person in the orchestra’s 43-year history to serve as its artistic leader and principal conductor, after the orchestra’s founder and conductor emeritus G. Barry Epperley, who led the orchestra for 35 years, and Andrés Franco, who stepped down during the pandemic-shortened 2019-2020 season after five years…. Scott Seaton’s dynamic performance style and enthusiasm made an impression with audience and musicians during his April 22 concert, featuring orchestral arrangements of Beatles songs with Berlioz’s massive ‘Symphonie Fantastique.’ … ‘The energy he brings to the stage is incredible, but it is his ability to collaborate and listen to us, the musicians, that makes him a wonderful guide through a concert,’ said Maureen O’Boyle, Signature Symphony Concertmaster.” Seaton will begin in his new position with the start of the 2022-23 season.