“The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra has named Paul Bhasin as its new music director,” states an unsigned article in last Thursday’s (7/21) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Clarkston, Georgia-based “symphony spent its 2022 season auditioning for a new music director/conductor. It is part of a complete restructure of the organization’s leadership that began with the hiring of Alan Hopper as executive director last year. The pandemic delayed the audition process that allowed the four final candidates for music director to conduct a concert and work with the symphony’s musicians…. The orchestra was founded in 1964 and has more than 80 musicians, most of them volunteer. There are at least eight concerts each year, and the symphony is based on the campus of Perimeter College of Georgia State University’s Clarkston Campus. The orchestra is about to launch its 58th season. Bhasin also serves as director of orchestral studies at Emory University and conducts the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting. Bhasin won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition in 1998, and has since led a variety of university, academic and professional ensembles throughout North America. He is the music director and conductor of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival.”