The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has hired a new assistant conductor(Sameer Patel), filling a position left open since the departure of former associate conductor Bradley Thachuk

Published: September 15, 2011 3:00 a.m.

Assistant conductor a ‘natural’

Steve Penhollow | The Journal Gazette

Patel

FORT WAYNE – The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has hired a new assistant conductor, filling a position left open since the departure of former associate conductor Bradley Thachuk.

Sameer Patel will assume a version of the role recently vacated by Thachuk, who accepted a position as music director of the Niagara Symphony of Ontario, Canada, in May 2010.

The assistant conductor position differs from the associate conductor position in that the former is more of an apprenticeship, said J.L. Nave, Philharmonic president and CEO.

 

Nave said Patel will be with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for three years at the most, after which time he will presumably move on to a more prestigious position with another orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will look for another assistant conductor.

 

“It has actually become much more common these days for orchestras to have assistant conductors,” he said. “A short-term agreement encourages the conductor to further their career. We really see this as a training position.

“Sameer already has a fairly substantial skill level in conducting, but he has not had as much podium experience,” Nave says.

Nave says the search for an assistant or associate conductor is somewhat similar to a search for a music director.

In this case, 125 applicants were evaluated and were whittled down to five.

The final decision on this particular hire rested with music director Andrew Constantine, Nave says.

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