The Brevard Philharmonic, Brevard, North Carolina, has chosen James Fellenbaum as its new Artistic Director/Conductor. Fellenbaum is currently Resident Conductor with the Knoxville Symphony, Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Describing the selection of Fellenbaum, Committee Chair, Jan Hart, said, “The Search Committee comprised of members of the Philharmonic board, musicians, and the community was formed in February 2017. There were 54 applicants who all submitted a letter of interest, resume, conducting video, sample programs, and at least three professional references. After thorough review of this material the number was reduced to 10 semi-finalists, and following reference calls and phone interviews we selected the four finalists who each conducted one of this past season’s concerts. Finally, the recommendation to the board of Jim Fellenbaum’s appointment was made after considering feedback from the search committee, board, and staff meetings, musician and audience surveys, pre-concert and stage comments, and rehearsal observations. We had four outstanding finalists, but we believe Jim is the best fit for the organization, the musicians, and our audience.”

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