The Seattle Symphony announced the formation of a search committee to find Gerard Schwarz’s replacement when his contract runs out at the end of the 2011. Former Washington State First Lady Nancy Evans will chair the committee and is joined by three SSO musicians: David Sabee (cello); Elisa Barston (2nd violin); and Seth Krimsky (bassoon). Elena Dubinets, the orchestra’s artistic administrator is also part of the committee.
Both Dubinets and Sabee are affiliated with the Seattle Chamber Players and are advocates for contemporary music. Barston is widely considered by her fellow musicians to be one of the most talented members of the orchestra who has already found significant success as the principal second violin. Seth Krimsky has been with the orchestra since 1986 and is also happily associated with the area’s contemporary music scene and the Univeristy of Washington.
The announcement of a search committee is good news, especially since Amos Yang turned down the principal cello position with the orchestra vacated last year by Joshua Roman. Yang was in town a few weeks ago to play with the Cascade Symphony. Currently, he is the assistant principal cellist with the San Francisco Symphony. Hopefully the news of the search committee will continue buoy the orchestra as they approach the end of the season.