Mélisse Brunet

French conductor Mélisse Brunet, 45, will be the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Musical Director from the fall 2022. She will be the fifth music director in the Philharmonic’s 61-year history and the first woman in that role. She succeeds Scott Terrell, who led the orchestra from 2009 to 2019.

Mélisse Brunet, once a protégé of Pierre Boulez, is also Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She has been appointed Director of Orchestral Studies at the prestigious University of Iowa College of Music in the fall of 2021. There she conducts the various orchestras in symphonic and operatic repertoire, and teaches at the master’s and doctoral levels.

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