MEET CARMEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR FINALIST JANNA HYMES
After evaluating more than 130 applications, reviewing personal responses from 25 candidates and conducting Skype interviews with 12, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Music Director Search Committee has narrowed the field to three finalists to become the next CSO’s Music Director/Conductor. Each candidate will conduct a CSO concert cycle this spring.
Conducting the April 8 CSO performance, “Ariel & New World,” will be Janna Hymes. Janna has served as the music director for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra of Virginia since 2004 as well as the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra that she founded in 2008. This season she is also serving in guest engagements with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra. Local audiences may remember her as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Recent performance highlights include serving as Artist in Residence at Colby College, leading the Williamsburg Symphony on its first international tour, conducting the Maine Pro Music Orchestra as part of the festivities celebrating the town of Rockport, Maine’s 125th anniversary, and opening the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s season. Among the orchestras that Ms. Hymes has guested with are the Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, North Carolina, New Hampshire,
Hartford (CT), Madison (WI), Florida West Coast, Stamford, Harrisburg (PA), Spokane (WA), Richmond (VA), Springfield (MA), Chappaqua Chamber (NY), Bangor (ME) and Omaha symphony orchestras, as well as the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra.
In addition to her professional conducti g career, Janna has served as a regular teacher for the League of American Orchestras’ conducting workshops. A frequent guest speaker, and regularly sought out as an adjudicator, she has served on the music faculty of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Akron and Butler University in Indianapolis.
Born in New York City, Janna Hymes is a Fulbright scholar, recipient of a 1999 Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation Grant, and a prizewinner of the 1998 International Conducting Competition in Besancon, France. She studied under such prominent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier, Otto Werner-Mueller and Gunther Schuller, and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. She also studied at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint (ID), and the Conductor’s Guild Institute.