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The Philadelphia Orchestra has appointed MITCH BASSION vice president of development. DORIS PARENT has been hired as vice president of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access strategies and strategic partnerships, a newly created position. NATHALIE STUTZMANN has been appointed principal guest conductor, effective with the 2021-22 season.

The Curtis Institute of Music has named pianist MICHELLE CANN as the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff chair in piano studies, named after the longtime Curtis pedagogue, who died last summer at age 106. VINCE FORD, vice president of digital strategy and customer experience at the New York Philharmonic, will become Curtis’s senior vice president of digital strategy and innovation, effective February 1.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has named STEPHANIE CHILDRESS assistant conductor, starting with the 2021-22 season. ROBERT DRIVER has been hired as the orchestra’s vice president and chief philanthropy officer.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed JAMES CONLON artistic advisor, effective September 2021.

PRISCILLA GEESLIN has been selected as the San Francisco Symphony’s board president, succeeding Sakurako Fisher, who stepped down in December.

NICOLAS GONZALEZ has been appointed as the Stamford Symphony’s manager of community engagement and education, a new position.

The Elkhart County Symphony in Indiana has named SOO H. HAN as conductor, succeeding Brian Groner. Han will continue as director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio.

JERRY HOU has been selected as associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. JACLYN RAINEY, the orchestra’s former third horn, has returned as principal horn.

The Richmond Symphony in Virginia has appointed LACEY HUSZCZA as executive director; Huszca was previously the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s executive director.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has named LIO KUOKMAN as resident conductor through 2022.

EMILY LANZONE has been named concertmaster of California’s San Luis Obispo Symphony.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota has named MAGGIE McCALIP executive director.

Boston’s Berklee College of Music has chosen ERICA MUHL as president, effective July 2021. She succeeds Roger Brown, who steps down after a seventeen-year tenure.

Longtime Minnesota Public Radio host BRIAN NEWHOUSE has been named as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate vice president of individual giving.

CLIVE PAGET has been hired as features editor of the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, succeeding longtime editor Sedgwick Clark, who has retired.

RAFAEL PAYARE has been appointed music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He retains his post as music director of San Diego Symphony.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra has named WILLIAM POWERS as executive director.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic has appointed TIM ROBINSON interim executive director, following the departure of Lacey Huszcza to become executive director of the Richmond Symphony.

The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra has named REBECCA ROLING to the new position of vice president of patron and community engagement.

JESSE ROSEN has been named interim president of the American Composers Orchestra, based in New York City. Rosen, who stepped down in September after more than a decade as the League of American Orchestras’ president and CEO, will remain at ACO while Acting President and Director of Development Lyndsay Werking completes her maternity leave.

California’s La Jolla Music Society has selected TODD SCHULTZ as president and CEO.

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society has named ROBERT N. SHAPIRO as board chairman.

  1. DOUGLAS SHELDON, former chairman of Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI), has launched an artist management agency, Sheldon Artists, LLC.

KAREN SIVERT, vice board chair of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, has been named interim president and CEO, after Steven Haines stepped down from the position this fall.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has named MARY ANNE TALOTTA senior vice president and chief development officer.

Kidznotes, the North Carolina-based music education program, has selected SHANA TUCKER as executive director.

The Florida Orchestra has appointed SUSANA WEYMOUTH as chief development officer.

ROSS MONROE WINTER has been named associate concertmaster of Florida’s Venice Symphony.


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