Up & Down the Scale: November 2023 to January 2024

We are excited to share the latest developments and changes in the professional lives of our members. This edition of Up & Down the Scale covers orchestra administrative announcements made from November 2023 through January 2024. If you want to share the administrative, board, or staff member happenings at your organization, send announcements to [email protected] or add us to your PR lists. 


The Bear Valley Music Festival announced the expansion of Alexander Mickelthwate’s title to Music and Artistic Director, and the signing of a five-year contract.


The Carson City Symphony Association announced the eighth annual instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students aged 5 to 17.


Culver City Symphony announced the appointment of Clyde Mitchell as its new Music Director.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) announced that four early-career musicians were selected for its Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a prestigious program sponsored by LACO in partnership with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) that engages members of historically underrepresented groups in western classical music ensembles. The 2023-2025 cohort of Fellows, including two wind players and two string players, are flutist Alejandro Lombo, double bassist Matthew Peralta, oboist Eder Rivera, and violinist Nicolas Valencia.


The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced the election of seven new board members who have joined over the past seven months: Camilo Becdach, Jonathan Congdon, Hilary Garland, Tammy Golihew, Suzanne Hart, Vikki Sung and Keith Terasaki.

A 2024 Grammy Award was awarded to Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for their performance of Thomas Adès: Dante in the category of Best Orchestral Performance.


Aaron Doty was selected as the next President & CEO of the Reno Philharmonic.


The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera appointed two new principal musicians: Principal Viola Jacob Joseph and Principal Bassoon Jordan Farber. In addition, Section Viola Evan Buttemer and Second Bassoon Nicolasa Kuster have joined the orchestra.


The Santa Rosa Symphony announced the promotion of Enid Rickley-Myres to Director of Development.


San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus were nominated for two 2024 Grammy Awards. The live-concert recording of Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and featuring the San Francisco Symphony has been nominated in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna, conducted by Salonen and featuring the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, was nominated in the category of Best Choral Performance.


Symphony San Jose and the American Federations of Musician Local 6 announced the ratification of a new four-year contract, covering the 2023-2027 seasons.

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