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Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Conductor Search

After a year-long selection process with five finalist candidates, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra announced Christopher Zimmerman was announced as the symphony’s new musical director on June 5, 2013. Prairie Public profiled each of the finalists to learn more about the skill, talent, and hard work that goes into becoming an orchestra conductor.

New musical director Christopher Zimmerman has led numerous orchestras throughout the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, and is a recipient of the American Conducting Prize in the professional orchestra category.

Conductor Darryl One has conducted numerous orchestras encompassing a wide range of repertoire and concert formats throughout the United States. His credits go beyond the podium. He is also an arranger and composer, having written over 30 arrangements for orchestras and smaller ensembles.

David Itkin’s career has taken him to 44 U.S. states and 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He regularly collaborates with artists such as Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma.

Conductor George Hanson has led nearly 100 orchestras and operas, including the New York Philharmonic and Berlin’s Komische Opera. He has shared the stage with such extraordinary performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Tony Bennett.

Conductor Kelly Corcoran has conducted major orchestras throughout the United States and is currently in her sixth season with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She has extensive experience with educational and community programming, and projects to reach new audiences.

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