Three in line to win Yale podium

William Broughton is stepping down after 11 years as music director of the New Haven Symphony.

The candidates lined up to succeed him are:

Delaware Symphony MD, David Amado;

Sun Valley Symphony MD Alasdair Neale;

and London-based Rebecca Miller.

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  • Not incidentally, Alasdair Neale, in addition to being the music director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, is also music director of the Marin Symphony in northern California.

  • Yale = New Haven orchestra. They are in the same place, geography-wise, but they are not at all connected. This headline is completely incorrect.

      • The only connection with Yale is that they play on Woolsley hall which is the big concert hall at Yale and that frequently hire yale students as subs or extras.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Alasdair Neale a number of years ago – guest conductor with an orchestra I was managing. He’s a a wonderful talent, a wonderful person. I don’t know Ms. Miller but I’ve heard good things about Mr. Amado. Sounds like the New Haven Symphony has done a great job in finding these candidates.

    BTW, Maestra Miller maybe “London based” but she was born in the USA.

    • Conversely, I seem to remember that Alasdair had a perfect British accent when he was an excellent flute player (and making an impact as a conductor) at Cambridge University in the early 1980s…

        • Sorry I wasn’t clear. In adding another detail to your (very complimentary) comment, I simply was enjoying the cross-continental connection of one short-lister being a Brit who lives in the USA, and the other a USA citizen who lives in Brit (and both are indeed extremely talented musicians – a strong shortlist). .

  • Misleading headline!
    Yale has not orchestra conductor vacancy.
    NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY is the orchestra with he three finalists!

  • We have so many American musicians out of work, there needs to be a complete moratorium on hiring foreigners here.

    • For what its worth, Alasdair has been living and working in the US for over 30 years. In fact, the only Yale/New Haven Symphony connection that I know of (in this story) is that Alasdair first came to the US to study with Otto Werner Mueller at Yale. And, more importantly…

      Permanently etched in my memory (along with Goode’s Waldstein, Sacher conducting Stravinsky and Mozart, Carreras’ NY debut) is the first time I heard Alasdair conduct the Yale lab orchestra. It was stunning…

  • Alasdair Neale was associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony for 12 years and also music director of the SF Youth Orchestra. He gave wonderful concerts and was well received everywhere.

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