Dear friends and colleagues:
I am delighted to be able to share some absolutely wonderful news about Will White, who graduated from the College in 2005 and subsequently served two years as conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra.
Will has just won a major conducting audition, and has been offered a position as Assistant Conductor of the CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and Conducting of the CINCINNATI SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA. He will be moving to Cincinnati over the summer, and will begin his position with the CSYO next fall.
The job description for this position notes that “The Assistant Conductor is an educator who demonstrates superb musicianship, has an outgoing, highly energetic, engaging and warm personality and enjoys working with young musicians.” I cannot think of any young conductor who fits that description better than Will White.
As many of you know, after graduating from the College Will spent the next three years in Hyde Park: the first year as conductor of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, and the second and third years as conductor of the HPYS and the University Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra all seven years that he lived in Hyde Park, and guest conducted the orchestra on several occasions. He then enrolled at Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of David Effron and Arthur Fagen (June 2010). Will also has extensive experience as a choral conductor, and significant credentials as a composer as well: his a cappella choral work “Nunc Dimittis” was released on the Cedille Record label in May of 2009.
Please join me in offering hearty congratulations to Will on this significant achievement!
With great happiness, and with great admiration for Will —
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Director of Performance Programs
University of Chicago Department of Music