SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA –The San Luis Obispo Symphony has a new music director – Maestro Andrew Sewell. This internationally renowned native of New Zealand ushers in a new era for the Symphony. Sewell’s rehearsal work and commanding direction of the orchestra, conducting the popular Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Overture to The Barber of Seville, delighted the audience to standing ovations on Classics Opening Night in October 2016.
“The appointment of Andrew Sewell is the result of an extensive year-and-a-half long search that saw 133 applicants from around the world,” stated David Hamilton, the Symphony’s Music Director Search Committee Chair and incoming Board President. “In the end, it is Andrew’s impressive musicianship, his extensive body of work with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and conducting other notable orchestras, his warm rapport with our orchestra musicians and audience, as well as his engaging interactions with the board of directors, staff, other arts organization and community leaders that made the selection committee and board decision ‘unanimous.’”
Sewell is currently preparing to program and present the orchestra’s 2017-18 season.
Maestro Sewell is in demand as a conductor having had long tenures with the Wichita Symphony, Mansfield and Toledo, OH Symphonies. He has also led the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Toledo, Syracuse, Illinois, Monterey, Gulf Coast and Eugene Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Phiharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu Symphony (Japan), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Hong Kong City Opera, OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival and Masterworks Festival. Maestro Sewell is currently the Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison. He is credited with expanding the repertoire and providing innovative and adventuresome programming to all their concert programs.
In 2013, Sewell received the Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for his services to youth and education.
Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16. Six years later, he made his professional opera debut with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Winning the Australian Guarantee Corporation’s Young Achiever’s Award allowed him to further his studies abroad. Sewell holds a Master of Music degree with Honors in Conducting from the University of Michigan.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony was established in 1954 by a small group of 11 musicians called the Morro Bay Community Orchestra. The Symphony was incorporated in 1961 and, in its 58-year history, has grown significantly to become a leading arts institution in the community with 77 orchestra members, a large Youth Symphony program with six ensembles and a music education program that has 13 school-based programs that reaches approximately 16,000 youth per year.
San Luis Obispo Symphony Names Andrew Sewell as Music Director
When Maestro Sewell raises his baton at Concerts on the Square this month, he will also be embarking on a new position as music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.Fans of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra need not worry though, as he will retain his position and residence here in Madison.
“We’re very proud of Andrew and what he’s accomplished here in Madison, around the nation, and abroad” said Mark Cantrell, CEO of the WCO. “This appointment reinforces what we already know about Andrew, that he is an exciting and impressive director and musician. We’re fortunate to retain him here as music director, and look forward to many more years of him behind the baton with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. We wish him the best of luck in San Luis Obispo.”
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