Youth Symphony appoints music director for season

July 21, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to the Sun

Scott Speck, associate conductor of the Honolulu Symphony, has been named musical director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony for the 1994-1995 season.

Mr. Speck, 33, attended Yale and the University of Southern California and has conducted the Oregon, Florida and Santa Cruz symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

A Fulbright scholar, he traveled to Germany, where he founded and conducted Concerto Grosso Berlin, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the Baroque and Classical periods in a historically informed style.

In Honolulu, Speck has led the orchestra in more than 100 concerts and presides over the largest

orchestra education program in the country.

"He's very excited about working with the orchestra," said Betty McGinnis of Arnold, a founding board member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony.

During one of his youth symphony interviews, Mr. Speck was asked whether at some point in his career he would want to be free to focus entirely on adult professional orchestras and not to have to work with youngsters to pay his bills.

"If I became the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic tomorrow," Mr. Speck said, "I'd still want to conduct a youth orchestra."

The Chesapeake Youth Symphony will hold auditions for all sections on Aug. 26, 27 and 28 and Sept. 10. Call 987-1363 or 647-7494 for applications.

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