Simon Irving, founder and artistic director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, will be redefining his role after the 2009-2010 season to assume a greater focus on the management of the orchestra.
The change will see him becoming conductor emeritus and general manager of the orchestra in the 2010-2011 season. The search for a permanent conductor will begin shortly.
Since the orchestra’s formation in 2001, Irving has filled the dual roles of both artistic director and general manager. Under his leadership, the orchestra has enjoyed remarkable growth, expanding from a modest beginning to a 55-player, professional-level symphony.
Over the past eight years, the orchestra has given 53 concerts, recorded a broadcast-quality CD, brought internationally renowned soloists to the River Run stage, and built a loyal audience and a flourishing group of volunteers and staff.
The orchestra also provides valuable opportunities for young emerging professional performers with its annual under-23 concerto competition.
“Building and nurturing the GSO has been a wonderful experience,” said Irving.
“Now it’s time to pass the baton to fresh hands, and I will, of course, be working to ensure a graceful transition into the appointment of a new permanent conductor, and the continued success of the orchestra.”
For details about the orchestra visit guelphorchestra.ca.