Emory’s Paul Bhasin named new music director of DeKalb Symphony Orchestra

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The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra has named Paul Bhasin as its new music director.

The symphony spent its 2022 season auditioning for a brand new music director/conductor. It’s a part of a whole restructure of the group’s management that started with the hiring of Alan Hopper as govt director final yr. The pandemic delayed the audition course of that allowed the 4 remaining candidates for music director to conduct a live performance and work with the symphony’s musicians.

These auditions have been held in a collection of performances earlier this yr.

The orchestra was based in 1964 and has greater than 80 musicians, most of them volunteer. There are at the least eight live shows every year, and the symphony is predicated on the campus of Perimeter Faculty of Georgia State College’s Clarkston Campus. The orchestra is about to launch its 58th season.

Bhasin additionally serves as director of orchestral research at Emory College and conducts the Emory College Symphony Orchestra, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting.

“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of the DeKalb Symphony as its Music Director,” Bhasin stated in a press launch. “After I led the orchestra earlier this yr, I used to be impressed by each the musicianship of the orchestra’s musicians in addition to their dedication and enthusiasm for its cultural mission. I’m honored to assist advance this mission within the DSO’s subsequent chapter, and look ahead to working with the musicians, board, govt director and all who help the orchestra.”

Bhasin received the Yamaha Younger Performing Artist Competitors in 1998, and has since led a wide range of college, tutorial {and professional} ensembles all through North America. He latest carried out on the Kennedy Heart and within the Individuals’s Republic of China.

He’s the music director and conductor of the Atlanta Chamber Music Pageant.

The trumpet is his instrument of selection and he has recorded below the batons of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, James DePriest and Gustav Meier.



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