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Music Director Search

From the President:

8 April 2022

We are ecstatic to announce Ryan Murray as our new Music Director & Conductor. Maestro Murray made a surprise appearance at the Auburn Symphony’s Gala fundraiser on Sunday, April 3rd, where he expressed his profound gratitude at being chosen for this honor, pledged to work hard for our fine musicians, and then thanked and encouraged Gala guests to continue their hearty support of this wonderful community orchestra!

After two years of a search process protracted by an unprecedented worldwide public health crisis, we continue to be astounded at the level of interest from our community and thank you for your participation in our surveys after each finalist concert. The feedback that came from our musicians and patrons absolutely guided the recommendation of the Music Director Search Committee and aided the Board of Directors in unanimously agreeing to offer our position to Maestro Murray.

The input was clear that all three finalists gave us fantastic concerts and had much to offer, so the decision process was serious and full of in-depth data review and discussion. Ratings on 15 specific questions asked of musicians totaled 2,085 responses and all sections of the orchestra were represented. Ratings on four specific questions asked of patrons totaled 1,000 responses. The same three open-ended narrative questions asked of both musicians and patrons yielded 961 responses that were reviewed and presented in a total of 46 pages! I cannot emphasize enough that the Board weighted its decision very heavily based on musicians’ input.

In the end, we are confident that Maestro Murray is the artistic leader that both musicians and patrons chose leading us into the next phase of our orchestra life as we enter our 35th season—and only the fourth in all that time! He received a standing ovation at the Gala fundraiser on Sunday and is now hard at work planning our next season. Look for your season subscription brochure in June as we approach the 2022/2023 season with unbridled and enthusiastic new energy!

Stephanie Snyder
President, Board of Directors

Click here to watch our three finalists’ special YouTube videos!

From the President:

30 June 2021

What a difference a year makes!  As the world waited for better, healthier times, so did our three finalists vying to become the next Music Director of the Auburn Symphony.  We kept in touch with them over the past year and are grateful for their patience and continued interest.  The Board of Directors is so very pleased to report that their concert auditions have now been scheduled and will form the centerpiece of our 2021/2022 season!

All concerts will take place in our historic auditorium at Placer High School. Each will be a 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon concert with a pre-concert talk about the program before the performance, and a “getting to know you” question and answer time immediately after the performance ends. All music and guest artists have been programmed by the finalists themselves as part of showing us what they can “bring to the the table” if chosen to be our next artistic leader. We hope this special concert format also allows YOU to give feedback to our Music Director Search Committee on your choice.

Check your inbox and mailbox for details on how to get tickets for the Finalist Showcase Series concerts:

24 October 2021:  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.

23 January 2022:  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.

27 February 2022:  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.

Let’s give these talented gentlemen a warm and an enthusiastic welcome to our Auburn Symphony community!
Stay well,

Stephanie Snyder
President, Board of Directors