Each candidate will lead the orchestra in concert.
This year will see guest-conducting performances from finalists Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon; Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra (the oldest orchestra in Mexico) and associate conductor of the Houston Symphony); and Roberto Minczuk, principal guest conductor of the Sê£o Paolo State Symphony and former associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
In 2006, the finalists at the podium will be Daniel Hege, music director of the Syracuse Symphony in upstate New York and former associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony; Mischa Santora, music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra; Edwin Outwater, resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of its youth orchestra; and Federico Cortese, music director of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and former music director of Italy's Spoleto Festival.
The ensemble's new music director replaces Uriel Segal, who left in 2004 when his contract was not renewed. Since Segal's departure, Raymond Leppard has been acting as artistic advisor to the orchestra, helping to program the season and advising the search committee for a new director.
The orchestra, which was close to bankruptcy in 2003, posted a surplus of $400,000 in 2004, and unveiled a strategic financial-recovery plan last fall.