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July 9, 2014

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces New Conducting Appointments 

Nicholas Hersh (B.A., Music, '10) begins his tenure with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in September 2014. As assistant conductor, Hersh will serve as a staff conductor, provide artistic support to Music Director Marin Alsop and guest conductors, and serve as cover conductor for orchestral programs. Mr. Hersh has worked with orchestras in North America and Europe, and has received numerous awards for his conducting, including the 2012 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. He most recently served as music director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and assistant conductor with the Indiana University Opera Theater. In 2011 and 2012, he was a conducting fellow at the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. "I am honored and excited to be joining the Baltimore Symphony as assistant conductor," said Hersh of his appointment. "The BSO is not only a world-class orchestra, but also a leading force in innovative music-making and education for the 21st century, tenets which resonate deeply with me. I am eager to begin working with Maestra Alsop and the wonderful staff and musicians of the BSO. There couldn't be a better position for me to learn and develop as a musician." | Find out more.

And in another announcement from the Baltimore Symphony, Michael Repper (B.A., Music, '12; M.A., Music, Science, and Technology, '13) has become the fifth recipient of the BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship, a one-year program designed to support the musical and leadership development of today’s young conductors. Beginning in September 2014, Mr. Repper will begin this one-year appointment while continuing his Doctoral studies in conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Repper will also receive personal instruction from Maestra Alsop, who actively shapes the program.  “I am very excited to be joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the new BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellow,” said Michael Repper. “The fellowship position is a unique opportunity to grow as a musician and as a conductor, and I am very thankful to Marin Alsop, Peabody and the BSO for what will be an unparalleled year to come.” | Find out more.