Five finalists to audition to be Memphis Symphony's associate conductor

Stilian Kirov will become the assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony in September.

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Stilian Kirov will become the assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony in September.

Five finalists have been chosen to audition for Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor position.

The candidates, who were chosen from among 106 applicants from 21 countries, will audition April 15-16.

The person selected will replace Stilian Kirov, who will become assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony in September. Auditions the evening of April 16 will be open to the public.

The candidates are :

Christopher J. Whittaker, who is completing his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan, and is a conductor, composer and pianist from York, Pa.

Alejandra Urrutia-Borlando, who won the Fourth International Conducting Competition in Bahia Blaca, Argentina in 2007.

Melisse Brunet conducts the FiveOne Ensemble in Cleveland, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Conservatoire de Paris.

Conner Gray Covington is assistant conductor of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

Roderick Cox was twice selected as one of 20 young conductors from around the world to participate in the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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