Michelle Merrill

After an 18-month search, the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) announced 30-year-old American conductor Michelle Merrill as Music Director. Merrill replaces Timothy Redmond, who unexpectedly resigned in August 2021, after a little more than two years.

A former associate conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Merrill  will continue to work as the music director of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and as a guest conductor.

Merrill is a recipient of a 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award as well as the 2013 Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship awarded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the Salzburg Festival.

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