FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

Joseph Young, Guest Conductor

Phonix Symphony Portraits by Jared PlattGuest Conducting Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation,”  Joseph Young is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony.  In his role,  Joseph conducts more than 50 concerts per season with the Atlanta Symphony,  which include programs on the Delta Classical Series, Concerts for Young People and Families, and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community.  Mr. Young also serves as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he is the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth.  Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season,  and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.

Joseph made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid),  and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others.  In the 2015/16 Season he will make his subscription debut with the Atlanta Symphony, and Little Orchestra Society.   This season he will also return to the Baltimore Symphony,  and St. Louis Symphony.

Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008, and 2014.  In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Carolina, and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting.  He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop whom he continues to maintain a close relationship.

Featured Musician

Thomas Howerton – Viola

IMG_2034 (2)Thomas Howerton, a North Carolina native, began studying viola with Izabela Spiewak at age 14. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for high school, where he studied with Sheila Browne.  Over the past summers, Thomas has studied viola at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, California Summer Music, Montecito International Music Festival, and The Karen Tuttle Coordination Technique workshop. He currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he studies under Karen Ritscher. He performs in the MSM Orchestra and participates in several chamber music groups. Additionally, he has performed on numerous recordings in New York such as the opera preview on Bridge Records, The Thirteenth Child, Handel’s Messiah, and several contemporary compositions.  

 

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend in collaboration with The Army Ground Forces Band of Ft. Bragg. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.


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