First Baltimore Symphony-Peabody Conducting Fellow Named

Classic Arts News   First Baltimore Symphony-Peabody Conducting Fellow Named
Joseph F. Young, a 24-year-old high school band teacher in South Carolina, has been named the first Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Conducting Fellow, the orchestra announced.

The newly created post offers a full two-year scholarship at the Peabody Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, plus a stipend.

The fellowship includes on-site training with the Baltimore Symphony and academic studies at Peabody and Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Gustav Meier, head of the conducting faculty at Peabody, will serve as the fellowship's primary academic instructor. At the end of the two-year program, which begins in September 2007 and concludes in August 2009, Young will receive a post-graduate Artist's Diploma in Conducting from Peabody.

Young will undertake regular private and group conducting sessions with Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new music director; he will also work with orchestra staff and musicians in areas such as public speaking, fundraising and media training.

The project is modeled after the American Symphony Orchestra League's Conducting Fellows Program, which helps post-graduate conductors gain pre-career experience. Jesse Rosen, the League's executive vice president and managing director, told the Baltimore Sun he sees the new BSO-Peabody venture "as a catalyst for additional orchestras to connect with their own higher-education partners in helping develop the 'complete conductor' on and off the podium."

Young is expected to have regular conducting opportunities with the BSO, such as leading a single work on a subscription program; a full week of education programs including rehearsals and concerts; participation in community concert events and regularly serving as cover conductor for Alsop.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Young is in his third year of teaching band at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina. He attended Newberry College, where he studied trumpet with Lavonne Bazemore; he then studied trumpet with Keith Amstutz, conducting with William Moody and composition with Samuel Douglas at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Alsop, who worked with Young in a master class at the Cabrillo Festival last summer, said in a statement, "Joseph has an innate 'feel' for the orchestra and is able to draw a beautiful sound. At a remarkably young age, he already exhibits a passion and understanding for orchestral sound and color that often take years to develop in a conductor."

Recommended Reading: