Maestro move: New MD in Connecticut

Maestro move: New MD in Connecticut


norman lebrecht

July 11, 2019

Message received:

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut announces the appointment of Maestro André Raphel as Assistant Professor of Music and Music Director of the UConn Symphony Orchestra. Raphel was selected after a national search.


  • Barry says:

    He was an assistant conductor in Philadelphia some years back; probably during the Sawallisch or Eschenbach years.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    One of the finest people in the business, first-rate conductor, musician and educator. Congratulations to UConn on this selection, and good luck to Andre on this exciting new chapter!

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Hope he likes Women’s Basketball.

    UConn always has the best NCAA women’s bball team.

    It’s what they’re known for.

    • Karl says:

      I know. I went to a concert there at Jorgensen a few years ago and there was a basketball game going on – what a crowd for the game! Not so much for the Russian Orchestra. I’ve never checked out the UConn Symphony though.

  • Bravo to Andre, with whom I went to Yale many years ago. UConn is lucky to have him.

  • drummerman says:

    Formerly with the Wheeling (West Virginia) Symphony. He used to use his full name, Andre Raphel Smith, but apparently no more.