braunstein leaving the vyo

Ronald Braunstein

Late this afternoon WCAX-TV reported that the Vermont Youth Orchestra‘s new conductor Ronald Braunstein would be leaving his post in the end of January.

Braunstein arrived in Vermont from a well established career in New York City late this summer to lead the Orchestra. When I spoke with him in September he shared his vision of focusing on the classics: Beethoven, Mozart, and Schumann. True to his word, the concerts include both classics and a few more contemporary works by Leonard Bernstein, and composer-in-residence Rob Paterson.

With the next Orchestra concerts planned for New Year’s eve and late January, there’s precious little time to waste and the Orchestra Association is actively seeking Braunstein’s replacement. (It hasn’t been publically announced at this time whether Braunstein will be leaving before or after the  January 28th and 30th concerts. He is still listed as the conductor for those performances at the VYO website.)

This Sunday there will be a meeting at the Orchestra’s home , the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester, to talk about this surprising mid-season development.

It’s a time of some fundamental changes at the VYO, as Executive Director Caroline Whiddon also announced her impending late January departure earlier this fall.

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