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Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara adds UMass Post

Thursday May 4, 2017 • Press Release

CONTACT: Jane Cody 509-464-7074 

SPOKANE—The Spokane Symphony is pleased to announce that Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara was selected by the UMass Amherst department of music and dance as the new assistant professor and director of orchestral studies. Duties there will include conducting the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the university’s foremost orchestral ensemble. This post is in addition to his Resident Conductor position with the Spokane Symphony.

“We are delighted that Nakahara was selected for such a prestigious position,” said Spokane Symphony Executive Director Jeff vom Saal. “It underscores the quality of conductors and musicians we have with the orchestra, and how fortunate we are to bring this level of artistic leadership to the Spokane community.”

Nakahara has been with the Spokane Symphony since the 2002-03 Season, first as Associate Conductor and now in as Resident Conductor. In addition, he has served as Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic since fall 2008. He previously served as Music Director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and taught at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University. During his tenure with the Spokane Symphony, he was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in 2005.

“We’re thrilled to have a musician and educator of Morihiko Nakahara’s caliber join our faculty, and we’re confident that he will be an outstanding addition to the department of music and dance,” said Roberta Montemorra Marvin, department chair at UMass Amherst.

Nakahara is a popular clinician, guest conductor, and lecturer, and is known for his innovative and audience-friendly programming skills and his charismatic presence on and off the podium.

Recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, symphonies of Oregon, Charleston, Chattanooga, Lansing, Peoria, Jacksonville and Green Bay, as well as with the Chicago Pro Musica.

Equally at home in a wide variety of musical styles and concert formats, Nakahara has also collaborated with popular acts including Chris Botti, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Edgar Meyer, Brandi Carlile, Pink Martini, Sergio Mendes and Roby Lakatos.

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