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New maestro selected at Valdosta State

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

January 7, 2009

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta State's grueling search for a new Music Director has ended.  Howards Hsu was selected from almost 30-candidates to conduct the Valdosta Symphony.

The nation-wide search took more than a year.  Hsu comes from the University of Connecticut where he served as assistant conductor.

Dr. Doug Farwell of the school's Fine Arts Department says, "It was very clear that almost across the board, everyone felt the most comfortable with Hsu.  We felt that he had the most potential to grow and kind of inspire the orchestra to great things. He was fantastic working with the youth concert, with the children, and that's an important outreach component of the orchestra."

While Hsu won't officially begin his term as director of orchestral studies until next Fall, he will conduct Valdosta State's spring concert on April 25th.  

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