Steven Thomas retired after leading the Amherst Symphony Orchestra for seventeen seasons at the end of the orchestra's 68th in 2013-2014 as Conductor and Music Director - having succeeded founder Dr. Joseph Wincenc as only the second conductor in ASO history.
The 69th season thus began the two year exhaustive search for the next permanent Conductor/Music Director. While the search progressed, four highly talented guest conductors ascended the podium, invited to help sustain the musical life and traditions of the Symphony. And we thank them for not only sustaining, but invigorating and inspiring our musicians.
At this writing, four semi-final candidates have emerged to each prepare, rehearse and conduct one of the 2015-2016 Amherst Symphony concerts. As we examine their performances, we hope to engage our musicians, the ASO Board, Conductor Search Committee, and yes, the audiences as partners to have input into the final selection at the end of our April 2016 concert.
Please join us this October - April as the next era in the history of the ASO unfolds.