The orchestra will audition three candidates for the position during the 2006-07 season: Jeff Tyzik, the pops conductor for the Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphonies; Robert Moody, the resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony; and Michael Krajewski, pops conductor of the Houston, New Mexico, and Jacksonville symphonies.
"Programming and conducting pops concerts is a particular niche in symphonic music," said orchestra president Ryan Fleur. "We feel it is time in our cultural life to draw on the expertise of people who can lead us to better and more consistent pops performances."
The creation of the new position coincides with the departure of Vincent Danner, the orchestra's associate conductor. "We've been very fortunate to hang on to a conductor like Vince for 12 years," Fleur said. "We already negotiated some concert dates with Vince for next season, so he won't be completely absent from our schedule."