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Music Director Search

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From the President:

After more than two months of sheltering in place, we have spectacular news! The Board of Directors is delighted to announce the three finalists who will compete to begin our 2021/2022 season as the next Music Director & Conductor of the Auburn Symphony:

Sergey Bogza is the Music Director & Conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and is a full-time faculty member at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ryan Murray is the Artistic Director & Conductor of Music in the Mountains, Associate Conductor for Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director & Conductor for Modesto Youth Orchestra, Music Director for Modesto Opera, Conductor for Sacramento Youth Symphony, and Director of Orchestra & Opera at CSU Sacramento. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music Business from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scott Seaton is the Music Director & Conductor for the North State Symphony in Chico and Redding, California, and Principal Conductor for the Veridian Symphony Orchestra in Yuba City, California. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Universite de Montreal, Canada.

When approving the finalists, the Board expressed its deepest thanks to the dedicated members of the Search Committee who gave tirelessly of their time these past four months to deliver these encouraging results–Chair/Board Member & Principal Clarinet Patty Wassum, Concertmaster Richard Altenbach, Principal Oboe Curtis Kidwell, Assistant Principal Viola Kathy Wright, community volunteers Debra Oldziewski & Neva Kesselring, Executive Director Anne Brown, and myself.

The Committee’s work will continue as we help develop the next steps in the process for choosing the person who will be only the fourth conductor in our 32-year history! All three of these energetic, talented gentlemen warmly embraced the concept of joining us for the next phase, hopefully in early spring of 2021. The Board envisions a plan that can nimbly weather the uncertainties of COVID-19 so that we keep our musicians, staff, and patrons safe. We also want to be sure our orchestra members and YOU play a vital role in ultimately helping with this important decision. Stay tuned to see how these opportunities unfold in the coming months!

Stay well,



Stephanie Snyder
President, Board of Directors

2 June 2020