Eugene Symphony Music Director Search 2016/17

The search for a new conductor is one of the most thrilling – and important – times in an orchestra's life. Join us as we explore together who will follow in the footsteps of Danail Rachev – and Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marin Alsop, Adrian Gnam, William McGlaughlin, and Lawrence Maves before him.

Who will become our next Music Director?

Three finalists will be announced in September 2016. Each will conduct music by the immortal Mozart, accompany a talented rising soloist in a challenging 20th-century concerto, and lead a second half of orchestral masterpieces of their choosing. Put together, these programs will give us a clear picture of the vision and musical mastery of our conducting candidates. You won't want to miss a minute of these next steps in our orchestra's history!

How will the search process work?

Roger Saydack, a Eugene lawyer and a national expert in Music Director search processes, has chaired the last four searches for Eugene Symphony and will lead the process again. The Search Committee of 12 is comprised of six orchestra musicians and six community members, including four members of the Eugene Symphony Association's Board of Directors. The committee will review prospective candidates from late April until early August. Three finalists will be announced in early September 2016.

 How will the public be able to provide feedback on the finalist candidates?

After each finalist concert, audience members will be asked to complete a short questionnaire, which includes an opportunity to provide written comments to the Search Committee. The results will be tabulated and presented to the Committee, and the chair of the Committee will personally read every written comment. 

How can I recommend a candidate or apply?

A complete position announcement and application instructions are available here. Please note the application deadline of Friday, May 6, 2016.

Upcoming Events

March 16, 2017 | 8pm

Bartók Piano Concerto

Our third Music Director finalist, Francesco Lecce-Chong, takes the podium to conduct an exquisite evening of music including works by Mozart, R. Strauss, Liszt, and Bartok.



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