Bozeman Symphony's search for a new Music Director narrows to six

The Bozeman Symphony received over 200 applications for the position
Posted: 4:30 PM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-15 15:46:17-04
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BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Bozeman Symphony is down to six music director finalists after starting out with 200 applicants.

The search for a new music director began in March after Bozeman Symphony’s conductor, Matthew Savery resigned in February of this year.

Savery resigned after working for the symphony for 25 years amid bullying and sexual harassment allegations.

Emily Paris-Martin, Executive director of the Bozeman Symphony, says the organization is beginning to make some headway in filling the position.

“We’re looking for a candidate who’s an exceptional musician,” said Paris-Martin

“They will have a range of talents that will enable them to work with a varied number of individuals in the orchestra from the most seasoned professional player to our young members who are high school students.”

The six finalists will be visiting Bozeman for two weeks at a time and will begin making guest rehearsals appearances near the end of the month.

Bozeman Symphony's search for a new Music Director narrows to six

The finalists include Stefan Sanders, Andrew Crust, Norman Huynh, Wesley Schulz, Thomas Heauser and Janna Hymmes.

“We’re incredibly fortunate with the applicants that we did receive and the finalist coming in,” said Paris-Martin.

“Their credentials are absolutely exceptional.”

Stefan Sanders will be the first of six music director finalist to conduct the Orchestra and Symphonic Choir on September 28th and 29th