The St. Cloud Symphony today named Dr Clinton Smith as its new artistic director and principal conductor.
The Symphony’s search committee chose Smith after a season featuring four guest conductors who were candidates for the post.
Smith will make his debut in his new position on September 11, 2012 at Ritsche Auditorium on St. Cloud State University campus.
In a statement released today Smith expressed his delight at the appointment.
“I am thrilled to embark on this new relationship with the St. Cloud Symphony. As an ensemble this orchestra is a terrific combination of talent, creativity, and personal warmth. I look forward to developing the orchestra’s quality of sound and personality while maintaining an environment in rehearsals and performances where the appreciation and exploration of classical music can flourish. The community of St. Cloud will hear a season filled with fun and exciting repertoire. Moreover, I believe the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra is one of the cultural focal points of the community, and the public will assuredly see performances of tremendous energy and passion.”
Smith currently works with the Minnesota Opera as assistant/cover conductor and chorus master, a position he will maintain. He will be conducting an upcoming workshop of the recently commissioned operatic adaptation of the “Doubt.” He is also conducting the Skylark Opera’s upcoming production “Mademoiselle Modiste,” coach the Ash Lawn Opera and guest coach the National University of Tainan in Taiwan.
(Image courtesy of St Cloud Symphony)