Meet Carmel Symphony Orchestra Music Director/Conductor Finalist Ron Spigelman
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 Music Director/Conductor. Each candidate will conduct a CSO concert cycle this spring with the orchestra having significant input into the final decision regarding the next conductor/music director. Up first on February 11, 2017 at the "From Bernstein and Gershwin with Love" concert is Ron Spigelman.
Mr. Spigelman is currently the Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (NY) and the Pops Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He previously served eight seasons as the music director for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and five seasons as the principal pops conductor for the Fort Worth Symphony. His debut with the Dallas Symphony Orc estra garnered critical acclaim for his world premiere performance of Lowell Liebermann's Pegasus and his critically acclaimed Carnegie all conducting debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). He has made numerous guest appearances with symphony orchestras across the country, including the Virginia Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, the Columbus (OH) Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony and Dallas Symphony.
He has accompanied a wide range of internationally renowned artists including: Horacia Gutierrez, Richard Stoltzman, Pamela Frank, and many others. Pops artists he has performed with include: Marvin Hamlisch, Canadian Brass, Ben Folds, Kenny G, Tanya Tucker, Audra McDonald, and legends James Taylor, Art Garfunkel and Peter Paul and Mary. He was the executive producer of the Marvin Hamlisch BPO Christmas Pops recording and was the co-editor for all of the BPO NPR broadcasts between 2001 - 2005.
A champion of new music Mr. Spigelman has conducted more than 30 world premieres. His performance of the Lukas Foss Opera, "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," was broadcast in the U.S. and internationally on the National Public Radio show Symphonycast.
A native of Sydney, Australia, he attended Scots College and is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Ron's principal instrument study was the trumpet, and as a soloist he performed with several British orchestras and at music festivals in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. He still performs on the trumpet and sings in Pops performances.