Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair Appointed Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica
Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair, who celebrates his 25th anniversary with the orchestra in 2014-15, has accepted a one-year appointment as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica (NSO), beginning in 2014. This position is in addition to his commitment to Pacific Symphony. The appointment was made by the National Music Centre of the Ministry of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica (CNM) after an arduous selection process that began in July 2011. St.Clair has served as guest conductor for the NSO on three occasions during the past three years, achieving a great relationship with the musicians and leaving a positive impression on the public, according to the NSO. St.Clair is scheduled to conduct six concerts for the NSO's official season, and is also considering special concerts and tours throughout the country. Much like his work with Pacific Symphony, St.Clair is furthering his commitment to education by also establishing a conductor mentorship and master class program with the National Music Centre.
"Recognized and sought after by classical and opera orchestras worldwide, Carl St.Clair is considered one of the most brilliant directors of our time. The orchestra should feel very lucky to have this new music director, who will bring extraordinary skill to the orchestra, which will be reflected in the presentations," said Guillermo Salas Madriz, CEO of CNM.
"I have enjoyed a growing relationship with the National Symphony. They are a wonderful orchestra, and I admire how passionately committed they are to their mission of engaging their nation in this great art form," said St.Clair. "Through my time with the organization, I hope to advance the development of young conductors through a new training program, guide and cultivate young or emerging Costa Rican composers and bring music to regions of the country that have not been exposed to orchestral music. In many ways, I feel that my experiences with Pacific Symphony mirror my aspirations for the National Symphony."
During his tenure with Pacific Symphony, St.Clair has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming. A strong advocate of music education for all ages, he has been essential to the creation and implementation of programs including Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, OC Can You Play With Us, arts-X-press and Class Act.