Music Director Search


The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s search process began in the Fall of 2015 with the formation of a search committee comprising NHSO Board Directors, musicians, and community leaders. After a rigorous screening process of more than 150 applicants from across the globe, the search committee  invited Alasdair Neale, Rebecca Miller, and David Amado to rehearse and conduct the orchestra at one concert each during the 2017 – 2018 season.

Throughout the audition process, the Search Committee received input from the orchestra’s musicians, audience members, community stakeholders, and administrative staff, and will announce the new music director in the summer of 2018. The new music director will begin their tenure with the orchestra’s 2019 – 2020 season.

Current Music Director William Boughton will be ending his 12-season tenure with the NHSO in May 2019 at the culmination of the Symphony’s 125th Anniversary Season. His future plans include international guest conducting opportunities and devoting more time to his ongoing music education work.

The Finalists

David Amado has served as the music director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 2003, and in his time there has transformed it into a premier regional orchestra. Amado is also Director of Conducting Programs at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. Descended from line of musicians with roots in the New Haven community, including his grandmother, violist Lillian Fuchs, and great-uncle, violinist Joseph Fuchs, Amado served as Associate Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1998 – 2004. Recent highlights of his career include engagements with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Detroit Symphony. Click here to visit Mr. Amado’s artist website.

Amado led the orchestra in a program of Tsontakis, Ravel and Berlioz on April 12 at Woolsey Hall.

Missed the performance? Here are some highlights from Amado’s week in New Haven and reviews of his performance with the orchestra:

Maestro David Amado: Mother’s Roots Run Strong in New Haven Classical Music (New Haven Register)

Music Interview: David Amado Makes His New Haven Symphony Debut (WSHU)

Final musical director contestant auditions for NHSO (Yale Daily News)

For Amado, Could (Fully) Blind Auditions Lead The Way? (The Arts Paper)

Rebecca Miller has a wide portfolio of conducting with professional orchestras, and also enjoys working with young musicians. This season she’s made highly-acclaimed debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden, and later this season will debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. She has guest conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, and London Mozart Players, at the 2014 BBC Proms, and the National Youth Orchestras of Wales and Great Britain. She has a discography of 8 CDs, several of which have been shortlisted for Gramophone Awards, and as first-prize winner of the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, she has conducted throughout Mexico and with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela ‘Teresa Carreño’.  She was formerly Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic and Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony, and is currently based in London and serves as Principal Conductor of the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, Associate Conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia, and Director of Orchestras at the Royal Holloway University of London.  Click here to visit Ms. Miller’s artist website.

Miller led the orchestra in a program of Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky on March 22 at Woolsey Hall.

Missed the performance? Here are some highlights from Miller’s week in New Haven and reviews of her performance with the orchestra:

Conductors Look to Enable, Motivate and Inspire (New Haven Register)

Music Interview: Rebecca Miller On The Podium With The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (WSHU)

NHSO Continues Search for Music Director (Yale Daily News)

Miller Takes the NHSO Reins (The Arts Paper)

Alasdair Neale is Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Music Director of the Marin Symphony. In his twenty-two years as Music Director of Sun Valley, Mr. Neale has propelled this festival to national status: it is now the largest privately funded free admission symphony in America. Mr. Neale’s appointment with the Marin Symphony followed 12 years as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous posts have included principal guest conductor of the New World Symphony, conductor for the Juilliard pre-college orchestra, and Music Director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Neale is a 1985 graduate of the Yale School of Music. Click here to visit Mr. Neale’s artist website.

Neale led the orchestra in a program of Mozart, Elgar, Bates and Puts on February 15 at Woolsey Hall.

Missed the performance? Here are some highlights from Neale’s week in New Haven and reviews of his performance with the orchestra:

Guest conductor Neale previews return visit to New Haven, Feb. 15 concert (New Haven Register)

Music Interview: Alasdair Neale Conducts The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (WSHU)

NHSO begins search for new musical director (Yale Daily News)

The Mothership Takes Off (The Arts Paper)

The Position

The Music Director reports directly to the Board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its image in the community. S/he is responsible for the repertoire, programming and artistic production, and, subject to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, has ultimate authority for the selection, development, and replacement of musicians. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the Executive Director, Board President, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the orchestra’s fundraising activities.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience, particularly with professional musicians; knowledge of a broad range of symphonic repertoire including new works by American composers; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; vision, passion, an ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences, and a deep commitment to music education. Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.