CSO acquires Youth Symphony, announces search for Assistant Conductor

January 10, 2018

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has acquired the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), making the CSYO a division of the CSO’s core education programs. The CSO will immediately begin a search for an Assistant Conductor, who will also serve as the conductor of the CSYO.

“The acquisition of the CSYO by the CSO creates a new path for the talented young musicians and their future in music,” stated outgoingCSYO President Janine Nagrodsky. Under the terms of the acquisition, a CSYO representative will sit on the CSO Board of Directors. “This will ensure that the CSYO receives the highest level of artistic oversight from Music Director Ken Lam, and administrative leadership from the Director of Education and Community Engagement, Mitsuko Flynn,” said CSO Executive Director Michael Smith.

“I am excited to welcome the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra into our family and look forward to deepening our ties to the community as we serve and nurture the most talented young musicians from the tri- county area,” said Ken Lam.

Over 70 students ages 13-18 are participating in the CSYO this season, representing 20 schools and four counties. The CSO hopes to grow the program in future seasons to serve even more students throughout the Lowcountry.

Auditions for Assistant Conductor will be held in Charleston on April 8 and 9, 2018. Interested candidates should visitwww.charlestonsymphony.org for more information. Application deadline is February 23, 2018.

About the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1936, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the cornerstone of Charleston’s arts scene, performing its Masterworks andPops series at the Gaillard Center and throughout the tri-county region. The CSO also participates in community outreach events, special concerts, and school programs throughout the state. Visit www.charlestonsymphony.org for more information.