Alasdair Neale Appointed Next Music Director of New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Alasdair Neale

Neale adds new position to his current roles as Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Marin Symphony.

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is pleased to announce that Music Director Alasdair Neale has been appointed the new Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (New Haven, Connecticut), beginning with their 2019-2020 season. The New Haven Symphony’s schedule is a perfect fit for Neale, allowing him to continue his duties in Sun Valley and Marin without interruption.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected as the next Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to make music with the phenomenal musicians of the orchestra and to serve the New Haven community,” says Neale. “While my life is undoubtedly going to get even busier in the future, my commitment to my current positions in Sun Valley and Marin will remain as robust as ever. I’ll be establishing a second residence in New Haven, dividing my time between the East and West Coast as well as the visits to Sun Valley during the year.”

Historically, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has close ties to Yale University. Neale, a Yale graduate, takes on the role following current Music Director William Boughton, whose 12-year tenure ends in May 2019. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra began its search for a new Music Director in the Fall of 2015. Over 150 applicants from all over the world were considered, and the orchestra’s search committee narrowed the field to three finalists, including Neale. In a statement announcing the decision, Board President Paul Hermes says:

“We are embarking on an extraordinary time for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The work of William Boughton and our musicians for the past decade has positioned this orchestra and this city to attract the finest musicians and artistic leaders in the world; Alasdair’s appointment is only the beginning.”

Founded in 1894, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the 4th oldest orchestra in the United States. Its main performance venue, Woolsey Hall, is located on the campus of Yale University. Orchestra performances emphasize American composers and works commissioned by the organization. In addition, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra offers year-round education programs, admission-free Young Peoples Concerts and Family Concert Series performances across the state of Connecticut.

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July 17, 2018