WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 10, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony today announces the resignation of Assistant Conductor/Youth Symphony Conductor/Youth Orchestras Program General Manager Stephen Mulligan effective May 31, 2016. Mulligan departs the Winston-Salem Symphony to focus on the increasing amount of work he is being offered outside of Winston-Salem.
Of his time with the Winston-Salem Symphony Mulligan said, “I am grateful for my two seasons as a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony family. From working with Yo-Yo Ma, to our recent memorable Star Wars Discovery concert, to the unforgettable and inspiring time I have spent working with our talented Youth Orchestras Program musicians, I know that I have grown tremendously thanks to all of these opportunities.”
Mulligan, a graduate of Yale University and the Peabody School of Music, assumed his posts with the Symphony in August 2014 following a national search. A Conducting Fellow with and 2015 winner of the prestigious Aspen Prize at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado, Mulligan trained under Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and others prior to assuming his current post.
Robert Moody said of Mulligan’s tenure, “Preparing exciting artistic talent to advance in the field is an important part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s mission as a regional orchestra—this is certainly true of the Assistant Conductor role. We are proud of Stephen’s efforts to grow and strengthen the Youth Orchestras Program, for his unwavering commitment to sharing great music with young people of all ages, and for his commitment to exciting young performers and composers. This commitment has been demonstrated by his expansion of the Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and this season’s inaugural joint retreat with the Asheville Youth Orchestra at the Brevard Music Center featuring a joint performance and a shared Asheville Symphony Orchestra concert experience.
“It was also creatively demonstrated at our recent sold-out Discovery Concerts for Kids performance of Peter and the Wolf, which included the world premiere of a remarkable new work commissioned by Mulligan for the Winston-Salem Symphony, The Wild Woods: A Prelude to Peter & the Wolf, by innovative young composer, Viet Cuong,” continued Moody. “We wish Stephen all the best in his future endeavors.”
The Winston-Salem Symphony will announce search plans for a new Assistant Conductor shortly.
About the Winston-Salem Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 69th season in September 2015 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information, visit WSsymphony.org.
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