Music Director Finalists
The Juneau Symphony has selected three finalists for the Music Director of the Capital City’s symphony orchestra.
We are excited to bring Christopher Koch, Stephen Radcliffe, and Scott Seaton to Juneau to audition and conduct a mainstage concert
during our 57th Concert Season. Former Juneau Symphony Maestro Troy Quinn will conduct the June 2020 Pops Concert and
officially hand off the baton to the new Music Director, culminating the 20-month selection process.
Christopher Koch is currently associate professor of music and Director of Orchestras and Wind Symphony at Drury University, Executive Director and Music Director of the Springfield Regional Opera, and Music Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. He has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras across North America and Oceania and is active as an early music specialist (recorder), including recital and concerto performances throughout the US. Koch began his music studies at the Eastman School of Music and holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington. Dr. Koch will be conducting the fall concert series, 8 p.m., Saturday, October 19th , 2019 and 3 p.m., Sunday, October 20th , 2019.
“I am thrilled to be one of the JSO’s music director candidates.
Juneau is an extraordinary city, and I can’t wait to work with the
orchestra this fall and learn more about the community.”
Stephen Radcliffe is the former Music Director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, has been the Director of the Seattle Conservatory of Music. His conducting credits include the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and positions in Boston and New York. Radcliffe studied clarinet at Juilliard, Eastman School of Music and Tanglewood. He holds four degrees in music, including a PhD in Musicology from Brandeis University. Dr. Radcliffe will be conducting the April concert series, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4th , 2020 and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 5th , 2020.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as one of the finalists to lead the Juneau Symphony as it writes the next chapter in its impressive history. The orchestra’s outstanding musical artistry and level of community engagement are both inspirations to me, and sources of immense pride for all the citizens of the region. I look forward to working with the orchestra, its audience, donors and Board in continuing the organization’s record of exceptional musical artistry and community service.”
Scott Seaton is currently the Music Director of North State Symphony in California and Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Music Director of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, the Kent State University Orchestra and Conductor of the New England Collective Chamber Orchestra, as well as having traveled nationally and internationally as a guest conductor. In addition to his Doctorate of Music in Conducting from the Universite’ de Montreal, Seaton has two other degrees in music. Dr. Seaton will be conducting the January concert series: 8 p.m., Saturday, January 25th , 2020 and 3 p.m., Sunday, January 26th , 2020
“I’m thrilled to be a Music Director finalist with the Juneau Symphony. I cannot wait to spend time in Alaska getting to know both the orchestra and the community, all the while absorbing the breathtaking natural beauty that Juneau and the surrounding region has to offer.”
From the President:
The Music Director Search for the Juneau Symphony resulted in nearly 50 diverse and qualified applicants. A highly competitive process, the Symphony is thrilled with what the three finalists — Christopher Koch, Stephen Radcliffe, and Scott Seaton — will offer Alaska’s Capital City. We look forward to their auditions and community engagement during the 2019-20 Concert Season.
~Stan Lujan, JS President of the Board
The Symphony’s Music Director Search Committee, was comprised of a diverse group of community, board, and orchestra representatives. The Search Process included an exhaustive and very competitive application, interview, and review process. The three finalists, in addition to conducting a mainstage concert next season, will each engage with the community through a special fundraising event or musical performance. Finalists will also engage with the Board of Directors and orchestra members and with concert audiences during pre-concert talks, during their time in Juneau.