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Catskill Symphony Orchestra

Concertgoers To Get Chance To Pick Next CSO Conductor
2 PROSPECTIVE SCHNEIDER SUCCESSORS ANNOUNCED

Concertgoers To Get Chance

To Pick Next CSO Conductor

Silas Nathaniel Hugg, Carolyn Watson and Maciej Zoltowski are the three finalists chosen from 73 candidates seeking to succeed Maestro Chuck Schneider as CSO conductor.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – As an audience member at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, it will be, in part, up to you to help the Symphony select the new conductor.

“We’re encouraging people to buy subscriptions so they can attend all three concerts,” said executive director Thomas Wolf. “Afterwards, audience members can fill out forms and rate each conductor.”

On Monday, May 6, the Symphony announced that, of 73 applicants, three finalists had been chosen to vie for a chance to succeed Chuck Schneider as music director/conductor: Silas Nathaniel Huff, Carolyn Watson, and Maciej Żóɫtowski.

“They all bring different strengths,” said Wolf. “But all of them are very interested in helping build the orchestra and helping the organization grow.”

Laurie Zimniewicz is chairing the search committee, which formed in the wake of Schneider’s announcement last spring. “It’s was a long, exhausting process,” said Wolf. “We reviewed resumes and watched videos for every candidate. And here we are.”

Huff is the musical director of the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Pops Orchestra and the Boulder Concert Band, as well as the conductor of the 44th Army Band (New Mexico’s National Guard Band). He holds degrees from Texas State University and UCLA, and in 1999, won First prize in the Los Angeles Valley Composition Competition for “Begging The Question,” an homage to modernist composer Charles Ives.

Watson, the director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Kansas took home a top prize at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest. She has conducted orchestras throughout Europe including the Brandenburg Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kodály Philharmonic, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Operetta Theatre, Bulgarian State Opera Bourgas and in Russia, the St and holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sidney.

Żóɫtowski collaborates with many Polish symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (Katowice), the Polish Radio Orchestra (Warsaw), the Polish Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Poznan Philharmonic. He studied violin at the F. Chopin and J. Elsner Music Schools in Warsaw, where he also received M.As in conducting and composition.

The three were each in town last week tour the facility and interview for the position. “It was very thorough,” said Wolf.

They will not, however, be required to relocate to the area. “We only do four concerts a year,” said Wolf. “They will fly into town when we need them to. The week of the show, there are four two-and-a-half hour rehersals, so they’ll have 10 hours of time with the orchestra.”

Each conductor will have a chance to perform for an audience; Huff will conduct on Saturday, Sept. 7, Watson on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Żóɫtowski on Saturday, Nov. 16.

And once the committee has had a chance to review the audience remarks, as well as input from the orchestra and the board of directors. Wolf hopes a decision will be made by December.

 

CSO Announces 3 Conductor Finalists

Candidates Will Compete In Fall

CSO Announces 3

Conductor Finalists

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra a few minutes ago announced the three finalists to succeed Chuck Schneider as music director/conductor: Silas Nathaniel Huff, Carolyn Watson, and Maciej Żóɫtowski. The three finalists were selected from an international pool of 73 applicants. Each of the candidates will conduct one of three concerts this autumn on Sept. 7, Oct. 12 and Nov. 16. Season subscriptions are available that would include these concerts, where attendees will be encouraged to provide feedback to help guide the final choice. Details at www.catskillsymphony.net.
FULL DETAILS ON CANDIDATES IN THIS WEEK’S
FREEMAN’S JOURNAL, HOMETOWN ONEONTA
New CSO Exec Seasoned On Europe’s Opera Stage

THOMAS WOLF IN TOP JOB

New CSO Exec Seasoned

On Europe’s Opera Stage

By JIM KEVLIN • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

Thomas Wolf, the new Catskill Symphony Orchestra executive director, with board President Diane Williams. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A lyric tenor, Thomas Wolf’s operatic career was on the rise.

Southwest Germany’s largest daily, Munchner Merkur, celebrated his “particularly beautiful and warm tenor” voice, “wonderfully controlled.” In 1992, when a headliner dropped out of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at Munich’s opera house, it seemed like his big break had arrived.

As the date approached, however, he felt a growing pain in his chest.  Rehearsing the week of the premier, he passed out.  “It came on me like a ton of bricks” – heart trouble, and his performance career was over.

It was a tragedy for the aspiring tenor from Cleveland, who by this time had been on the European opera circuit for almost a decade – but today it’s an opportunity for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra: Thomas Wolf, living in Bloomville, has been appointed CSO executive director, effective earlier this month.

The appointment comes at a critical time, said Diane Williams, CSO board president: The Oneonta-based orchestra is in the midst of selecting its first conductor in 45 years, after last year’s retirement of maestro Charles Schneider.

Hometown People Locals March 14 15 2019

Hometown People – March 14 -15, 2019

CSO Conductor Contest Raises Record $46,321

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA  –  Though Al Rubin, owner, A&D Transport Services, ultimately took the baton to conduct “Stars & Stripes Forever,” he was helped by Cindy Donaldson, OMS choral music director, left, and Libby Cudmore, managing editor, Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOtsego.com, in raising a record-setting $46,321 for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra during the annual Cabaret Concert on Saturday, March 9, at SUNY Oneonta.

PALS LIVE IT UP AT SNOMMEGANG

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Maddie Hurley, Cherry Valley, and Chloe Bellcourt, Cooperstown, were on Main Street, Oneonta, Saturday, March 9, to sample a few of the dozens of craft beers available at Brewery Ommegang’s Snommegang.

Mancuso, Avolio, Named To Dean’s List

Locals March 14 15 2019

LOCALS – March 14 -15, 2019

CSO Conductor Contest Raises Record $46,321

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA  –  Though Al Rubin, owner, A&D Transport Services, ultimately took the baton to conduct “Stars & Stripes Forever,” he was helped by Cindy Donaldson, OMS choral music director, left, and Libby Cudmore, managing editor, Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOtsego.com, in raising a record-setting $46,321 for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra during the annual Cabaret Concert on Saturday, March 9, at SUNY Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

 

The Freeman’s Journal – Candy Moore of Bergen County, N.J., smiles at granddaughter Parker, 3, of Cooperstown, eagerly awaiting pancakes March 12, at The Farmers’ Museum Sugaring Off Sundays, which continue 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 17, 24 and 31

No Contest Tuesday For Village Board

COOPERSTOWN – Two incumbents and a newcomer are running unopposed for Village Board Tuesday, March 19.
Incumbents Jeanne Dewey and Richard Sternberg seeking three-year terms; newcomer MacGuire Benton is seeking a one-year term. All are Democrats.

Symphony Sets Fundraising Record!

AL RUBIN WINS COMPETITION

CSO Conductor Contest

Raises Record $46,321

Al Rubin, president, A&D Transport Services, which provides taxi and medical transport services in Central New York and the Southern Tier, took the honor of leading the The Catskill Symphony Orchestra in ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’ during this year’s Guest Conductor Competition at the SUNY Alumni Field House this evening. At right, Libby Cudmore, Managing Editor of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and AllOTSEGO.com, challenged the audience to help her write the headline “Symphony Raises Record Amount” and they delivered, bringing in $46,321 by the evening’s end. Also in the competition was Cindy Donaldson, choral music director for Oneonta Middle School, director of First Presbyterian Church Choir and conductor of the Catskill Choral Society Children and Youth Choir. Laura Dohner, executive director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, said, “Not only was it the most money we have raised, it was the closest competition we’ve had on record.”(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Voting Now Open For CSO Conductor Contest

Voting Now Open For

CSO Conductor Contest

Cudmore
Donaldson
Rubin

ONEONTA – Al Rubin, president, A&D Taxi, choral director Cindy Donaldson and Libby Cudmore, managing editor of the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com, have all been announced as the competitors in this year’s Catskill Symphony Orchestra conductor contest.

One dollar equals one vote, and whoever raises the most money in the competition will win a chance to conduct the CSO in “Stars and Stripes Forever” during the Cabaret Concert, featuring the Sultans of String, on Saturday, March 9 at the Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta.

CAST YOUR VOTE HERE

 

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego; SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP In Upgrading Enrollment
IN MEMORIAM

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego;

SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP

In Upgrading Enrollment

Roger B. Sullivan

OTEGO – Roger B. Sullivan, 68, SUNY Oneonta associate vice president/enrollment management, passed away on Jan. 4, 2019, at his home in Otego.  He also had a home in Sunset Beach, N.C.

Roger was born on Dec. 28, 1950, in Ogdensburg, the son of Roger P. and Velma I. (O’Shaughnessy) Sullivan.
He graduated from Lisbon Central High School and later earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Potsdam and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, respectively, before beginning a 40-year career in the SUNY system.

Catskill Symphony Honors Vets With Concert At SUNY

Catskill Symphony Honors

Vets With Concert At SUNY

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra held a Veterans  Day performance this afternoon in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta. Above, guest Conductor Timothy Perry, Binghamton, leads the orchestra and the audience in “The Star Spangled Banner” as a salute to upcoming Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.  At right, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, right, and Beth Steele, the college’s director of Advancement Communications, watch Dave Irvin, East Meredith, play the double bass during the opening number. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Hot Cocoa  Run, Walk, Or Roll

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END DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – 2 a.m. Turn clocks back 1 hour. Visit www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa

HOT COCOA RUN – 9:30 a.m. Enjoy fall day with 5K run/walk/roll followed by cup of hot cocoa. Benefit for Helping Hands Fund, assisting individuals with developmental disabilities, families meet challenges. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-433-8445 or visit www.arcotsego.org/hot-cocoa-5k-run-walk-roll/

CONCERT – 4 p.m. Cooperstown Summer Music Festival concludes its 20th season with performance by celebrated Ying Quartet featuring works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, more. Cost, $25/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

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