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Meet Regulo Stabalito, Candidate For The Next Music Director Of The Oak Ridge Symphony


Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Regulo Stabalito

The Oak Ridge Symphony is currently searching for its next Music Director, after Maestro Dan Allcott (who was Music Director for twelve seasons), stepped down at the end of the 2022 season. Fifty-three highly qualified conductors applied, but only four were selected to move on to the final round. Those finalists are Regulo Stabalito, Kevin Class, Wilbur Lin, and Ian Passmore, leaving us with the question of "who will be the next conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony"?

Each candidate is to lead the orchestra and chorus in a concert presented at the beginning of this 2022-2023 season. The Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) established certain criteria for the program of each concert, including a piece from the Baroque era, a work in mixed meter, a composition by an underrepresented composer, a work for soloist, and a work for chorus.

The first candidate to take the stage will be Maestro Regulo Stabalito, whose program is entitled "Six Degrees to Nadia Boulanger". Every composer on the program is connected, in some way, to the famous French pedagogue. The concert will be presented on Sunday, August 28th at 3pm at First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge. After the concert, the audience will have the opportunity to meet Maestro Stabalito and will be asked to participate in an online survey in which they will give feedback about the concert experience.

Tickets and additional information about the candidates and their programs can be found at https://orcma.org/

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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