Whatcom Symphony Orchestra appoints new music director

After a 17-month process to find a new music director, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra has appointed Yaniv Attar to take over the position in time for the 2013-2014 concert season.

Attar has studied and conducted across the world, including in Jerusalem, New York and Montreal, where he earned his doctorate of music at McGill University. Most recently, he served as the assistant conductor for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham. His awards include recognition from the Solti Foundation and the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation.

With a search committee of players, board members, staff and community members, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra recruited 120 applicants from around the world and selected four finalists to audition in Bellingham during the 2012-2013 concert season. The committee drew on the collective experience of the orchestra and audience to recommend Attar as the final candidate.

“We could not be more pleased,” WSO Board President Becky Elmendorf said, in a press release. “This is the start of a new era of growth and excellence for the orchestra. Dr. Attar brings international experience, incredible musicality, and great community spirit that will take the orchestra to its next level of achievement.”

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