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A Bright Future Ahead!

Well, for those of you living under a rock, let me be the first to tell you - THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WON THE STANLEY CUP!!  After an incredible season, the coveted trophy is back in Chicago, and a parade is in the works.  The best part about it all is that the celebration is going to be another great party for the city!!

Now, obviously, that’s not the news you’ve been waiting on, but who am I to miss a chance to build some excitement?  So, before I get to the big news, I have one thing to say…

THANK YOU!!  Since I began On The Road To The Podium, I have received more support and well wishes than I could have ever imagined, and from all corners of the world!  It’s really incredible what can happen when you send out an email and some good vibes.  More than anything, I truly hope you had as much fun learning about the music director audition process as I’ve had going through it.

Now, on to the business at hand.

With featured composer, esteemed colleague, and dear friend Micheal Schelle, whose The Exorcism of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Rain were the highlights of the evening!
Sharing a laugh during dress rehearsal with my new friend and colleague, CSO Concertmaster Philip Palermo
The ever-helpful "Hapless Stagehand" Patrick Weigand talks staging and costume design with Alyssa 

The CSO is a great group of passionate people with so much potential ahead, and the prospect of working with them was very exciting.  While I may not be at their helm, I wish them all the absolute best for their future, especially as they prepare to celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

This is obviously not what I was hoping for, but it does help to know so many people had fun during my cycle (in the ensemble, the concert hall, and in spirit), especially two incredible women and tremendous musicians – Alyssa Bowlby and Ericka Perron – for whom their participation served as a catalyst to reignite their desire to perform more often.  Also, a special shout out goes to composer Michael Schelle and Greek Islands Restaurant proprietor George Stergiopoulos for the incredible encouragement and enthusiasm they showed throughout this process.
On this past Sunday afternoon, after a weeklong review of the 2014-2015 season, and the many surveys filled out by the orchestra’s musicians after each of the five concerts, the Columbus Symphony’s Music Director Search Committee submitted their recommendation to their Board of Directors.  The board then took a vote, and an email went out to announce to the five candidates of the final verdict.

It’s an incredible task to undertake: Spend an entire year looking at different conductors, and then try to decide who will lead you into the unknown future, while representing you to the community, the nation, and the world.  In essence, you’re deciding which stranger to trust with the growth and wellbeing of an ensemble with a storied 93-year history (Indiana’s oldest) and it’s foreseeable future.  A “marriage”, if you will, that has the potential of creating a wealth of unbelievable experiences for audience and orchestra alike. 

With all this in mind, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has chosen to pursue a different path for their future, thus I have not been offered the music director post.  
In concert with the incredible Alyssa Bowlby, giving the U.S. Premiere of Michael Schelle's Rain

So now it’s onward and upward for me.  I will be in California later this summer to be a part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and then back to Indianapolis where the Circle City Chamber Group and the 65th Street Klezmorim have exciting '15-'16 seasons lined up, including a collaboration event November 12.  I’ll also be conducting a production of Mary Poppins, which means I might finally have a chance to fly!  So if you’re not already in Indianapolis, keep an eye out for performance updates and make plans to be here!!

Once again, thank you all so much for your unending love, support, and friendship!  It’s been an incredible experience, and I appreciate your taking the journey with me.

Enjoy the sunshine and I’ll see you in the fall!! 


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