The Southwest Florida Symphony has joined the growing trend towards transparency and public voting in the selection of its next music director. It has announced five candidates, all of whom will spend a week this season with the Fort Myers community.
First up is Chelsea Tipton, 49, from Oklahoma: ‘My favorite composer would probably be Brahms and Gershwin.’ Read here.
The other candidates are:
Guillermo Figueroa (Jan. 11) Figueroa is music director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and artistic director of the Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. He’s former music director of the New Mexico Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony.
• David Commanday (Feb. 8) Commanday is artistic director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Illinois. He’s held music director positions with the Boston, Joffrey and Richmond ballet companies, as well as with the Peoria Symphony and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
• Andreas Delfs (March 1) Delfs is a well-known concert and opera conductor who has served as music director of Opera Bern, Staatstheater Hanover, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
• Nir Kabaretti (March 29) Kabaretti is an acclaimed conductor who is music and artistic director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California.