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August 9, 2019 (Ann Arbor, MI) – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A²SO) announced today that it has officially begun the search for its next Music Director & Conductor and will be accepting applications for the role until November 15. The Music Director & Conductor provides artistic vision and musical leadership as principal conductor, artistic director and community arts leader for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. This role conducts all rehearsals and performances for subscription concert programs, pops, youth, and family concerts, and runouts. To view the job description and qualifications, visit a2so.com/musicdirectorsearch.

One of the Midwest’s leading symphony orchestras, the A²SO is critically-acclaimed for its innovative programming and deep commitment to artistic excellence. Its musicians are the finest professional performers in the region. They regularly perform in the state’s key orchestras and hold prestigious professorships at leading academic institutions in Southeast Michigan.

The A²SO actively commissions and programs many works by living composers, and regularly engages artists of international acclaim. These include pianists Emanuel Ax, Orion Weiss, and Garrick Ohlsson, cellists Zlatomir Fung and Julie Albers, and violinists Rachel Barton Pine and Itamar Zorman. We have collaborated with composers such as William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Evan Chambers.

Radio broadcasts on Detroit’s WRCJ and Lansing’s WKAR take A²SO concerts throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan, along with national broadcasts carried on Performance Today and Pipedreams from American Public Media. In 2009, the A²SO produced a major recording of Paul Fetler’s works on the Naxos label praised as “…vital, alive and utterly polished.”

The A²SO is Washtenaw County’s largest arts employer with 71 professional musicians, IATSE stagehands and technicians, and an administrative staff of 8. The A²SO is supported by an active and committed 34-member Board of Directors.

Applications should consist of a letter of interest, an artistic résumé, links to videos of conducting contrasting repertoire, sample programs from the past two years of concert seasons, a repertoire list, and three references. All documents should be submitted in .PDF format to A2SOMDsearch@a2so.com.


The A²SO is a premier regional orchestra offering live symphonic music to over 70,000 patrons of all ages in venues ranging from the historic Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium to schools, daycares, libraries, farmers markets, and various senior citizen centers in the five-county area of Southeast Michigan. For tickets, visit a2so.com, email tickets@a2so.com or call (734)994-4801.