Meet Our Candidates

John Murton

Confessions Of The Soul

May 18, 7:30pm

John Murton, conductor, was born and raised in London, UK. After working as a singer and instrumentalist throughout the UK and Europe, he moved to the United States, originally to study in Cincinnati, and then to Washington DC where he is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. John fanatically believes in the power of live performance by orchestras to create “wow” moments that are like nothing else. His mission is to share those “wow” moments with musicians and audiences alike. When taking a break from this single-minded obsession you can often find John in the kitchen, cooking for far more people than he has invited to dinner!

John told us, “I have travelled from coast to coast by Amtrak in a single journey!”

Chris Cicconi-withdrawn

Update: Dr. Cicconi has withdrawn from the Music Director search. The orchestra congratulates him on his new position as Director of Bands at James Madison University.

Jordan Randall Smith

Tales From The Woods

December 2, 7:30pm

Jordan Randall Smith has led groundbreaking performances as Music Director of Symphony Number One (the 2019 American Prize Winner), and is the former Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University, and a co-founder and Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival. Jordan’s leadership of Mahler’s fourth symphony was praised by the Baltimore Sun: “The third movement, in particular, was quite sensitively molded.”

Jordan told us, “I believe that life is all about relationships, and music is a uniquely powerful relationship incubator. As an educator, I am constantly reminded of human creativity and flexibility. In my experience, the youngest kiddos understand something that we adults have to train ourselves to remember: music gives us permission to unlock our hearts and minds and live free.” He lives with his wife Erin and their two cats, Cookie and Cala (who is 20 years old!) He and Erin recently joined the pickle ball craze, but he says they aren’t very good yet!

Richard Scerbo

Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow

February 3, 7:30pm

Richard Scerbo is a conductor, teacher, and arts leader drawn to new ideas, fun collaborations, and vital music-making of all kinds. For nearly two decades he has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Inscape Chamber Orchestra, leading the ensemble in numerous concerts and recordings, including the GRAMMY-nominated album, Sprung Rhythm. He also directs the National Orchestral Institute + Festival where he is responsible for composition, conducting, and orchestral training programs with a bold vision to create the future of orchestras in the United States. When not making music, Richard enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, watching documentaries, and board games with friends. He grew up near Annapolis, Maryland and credits his amazing public school music teachers for his lifelong journey in music. Currently Richard lives in Mount Rainier, Maryland with his partner Christopher Wilson and their growing family of houseplants.

Fun fact about Richard: “I set out a few years ago to teach myself to bake bread. I figured humans have been baking bread for 10,000 years, so it was about time I learned! I’m still making my way through Ken Forkish’s amazing book “Flour Water Salt Yeast,” which has been tons of fun. Since my concert is during the winter, it’s highly probable that some fresh baked boules of bread might appear at rehearsal for any takers. (I usually give away most of what I bake.)”
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