Erie Chamber Orchestra Begins Search for New Music Director
Posted: January 25, 2016
Matthew Kraemer, only the second music director in the Erie
Chamber Orchestra's 37-year-history, has announced that the 2016-17
season will be his last. Kraemer joined the Erie Chamber Orchestra
at the end of 2012 after the death of its founder, Bruce Morton
This summer, Kraemer accepted the position of music director and
principal conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO), to
which he will be committed for 12 weeks a year, a seven-week season
and five additional weeks that are part of the ICO's new role as
the orchestra for the American Pianists Association competitions,
an additional commitment of five weeks.
Kraemer has also been named music director of Indianapolis
Opera, for which he will be engaged for about nine weeks a year on
three or four productions.
The time required by the positions in Indiana, Kraemer said,
would reduce his availability for the ECO's nine-concert ten-month
season to a level that is less than the orchestra deserves.
New ECO general manager Daria Binkowski said that the 2016-17
season would be a search year. "In order to provide ample time for
a pool of candidates to be chosen, as well as time to engage the
increasingly prestigious soloists that the ECO has been fortunate
to attract, arrangements must be made well in advance for the
process to be orderly and fruitful."
Kraemer will conduct three concerts during the upcoming season,
with the remaining programs being led by a final round of
applicants for the position. His farewell concert will be on May
13, 2017, in a program featuring Mozart's Mass in C