The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has hired as its new music director Giselle Ben-Dor, the resident conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, a native of Uruguay, citizen of Israel and American resident since 1980.
Ben-Dor got a "very strong" favorable evaluation by the 85 symphony members after being a guest conductor Feb. 9-10, said Pat Edwards, executive director. Four other candidates were Karen Deal, resident conductor; Randall Fleischer, Gary Schneider and Christopher Kendall. A sixth, David Miller, was recently chosen to head the Albany Orchestra.
The new maestro replaces Peter Bay, who left last year to become associate conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ben-Dor opens the 1991-92 Annapolis season Oct. 4-5 when Herbert Greenberg, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, plays the Brahms Violin Concerto.