Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Fairfax Symphony conductor search

The Fairfax Symphony has named six finalists to succeed William Hudson, who has conducted the orchestra since 1971.

The finalists, one of whom will become music director in the 2009-10 season, are:

* Paul Haas, former music director of the New York Youth Symphony.

* Marcelo Lehninger, music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

* Laura Jackson, a native of Roanoke, former assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony.

* Daniel Meyer, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and music director of the Asheville (NC) Symphony and Erie (PA) Philharmonic. (Meyer is also one of the nine finalists for music director of the Richmond Symphony.)

* Gregory Vajda, resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

* Christopher Zimmerman, music director of the Hartt (CN) Symphony.