Seasons greetings to you all – Member and Associate orchestras, and readers from Australia and around the world.
As the year draws to a close we are looking inwards, to consider Symphony Services International’s wonderful Artist Development program. The six Australian symphony orchestras are justifiably proud of this wide-ranging program which supports developing composers, performers and conductors. In 2014 we have researched the best the world has to offer in each of these areas and are making changes to our own offerings accordingly.
I take this opportunity to pay tribute to our outgoing Course Director of the Conductor Development program, British conductor Christopher Seaman. The program is now firmly established at a high international level after 11 years under Christopher’s inspirational leadership. From 2016 the orchestras’ chief conductors will become involved in the teaching of the program and consequently Christopher will not continue as Course Director after 2015. Next year will be a celebration of his wonderful contribution and I am delighted to announce an annual scholarship to be awarded in his name to a young conductor who shows great potential, to be used in a manner that furthers their training and/or career. More can be found about both our future plans for the Artist Development program, and about Christopher’s wonderful contribution, below.
Gordon Williams explores a recent surge in interest in choral and a cappella singing both in Australia and the United States in his article titled The Pop of Vox. Young men, in particular, are flocking to join choirs and Gordon investigates the phenomenon while wondering whether it will change patterns in audience attendance for orchestras and other music presenters around the world.
Read also about our recent Summit held for orchestral librarians, attended by delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Asia and featuring discussions about the digital presentation of music as well as a variety of other topics.
As usual, our Speed Read brings you news from around the world, and our featured Member orchestra is the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The team at Symphony Services International wishes all our readers a safe and happy festive season.