The San Diego Youth Symphony has appointed SAMEER PATEL as artistic director, effective on August 22, 2022. Patel was most recently associate conductor of the Sun Valley Music Festival in Idaho. From 2015 to 2019, he was associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, where he led classical, education, community, and donor programs. Previous conducting appearances include the Grand Rapids Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra, as well as return engagements with Knoxville Symphony and La Jolla Symphony. He recently completed a cycle as guest conductor for San Diego Youth Symphony’s Ovation pre-professional orchestras, an engagement he accepted prior to the organization’s conductor search. In addition to conducting SDYS’ most experienced students, Patel will work with the organization’s leadership team in setting pedagogical goals, community partnerships, and early-childhood music education. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Patel holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music in Orchestra and Opera Conducting/Theory. He furthered his conductor training with residencies in the U.S. and abroad. Patel participated in the League of American Orchestras’ 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.