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Brian G. McKee, D.M.A.

Bassoonist | Teacher | Academic Counselor | Ensemble Performer | Recitals | Reed Making | Freelance Music Consulting



UO Symphony Conductor Search

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 6 February, 2012 at 16:35

This year marks an important transitional year for the UO Symphony Orchestra as the University and the School of Music search for a new director of orchestral studies. The search began this school year after the recent retirement of Dr. Wayne Bennett, former professor of clarinet and ensemble director since the mid 1970s.

For the next few weeks, the UO School of Music hosts three conductor candidates, each here for a week-long residency with the orchestra. Each candidate gets two rehearsals and a 'mini-performance' at the end of their week, during which they are evaluated by the search committee. Last week, our first candidate directed and performed Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian.' 

This week we will be rehearsing and showcasing Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture and movement's from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major. We will have three rehearsals- one today (Monday), and Wednesday and Friday with Candidate no. 2. All rehearsals and 'mini performances' will take place at 3PM in Room 190 at the UO School of Music until February 17th. 

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