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Meet Conductor Wilbur Lin, Candidate For Music Director Of The Oak Ridge Symphony

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Melony Dodson talks with conductor Wilbur Lin.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association continues the search for its next Music Director with a concert led by candidate number three, Wilbur Lin.

Lin holds a Doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Arthur Fagan and David Effron. He has also received conducting lessons from Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Riccardo Muti, and Helmuth Rilling, and has assisted Louis Langree and James Gaffigan, among others. Lin has recently finished his tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has just been named Music Director of the Missouri Symphony, as well as Assistant Professor of Conducting at Northern Illinois University Philharmonic and Opera Theatre.

Lin's program with the Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus is titled "You Have Not Seen a Brighter Sky" and will be presented on Sunday, October 30th at 3pm at First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge. The concert will feature soloist, soprano, NaGuanda Nobles, who will sing "Komm Hoffnung" from Beethoven's Fidelio, as well as "I Am Moses" from Nkeiru Okoye's Songs of Harriet Tubman. With the themes of false imprisonment and the yearning for something greater guiding the way, the program includes music spanning five centuries: Claudio Monteverdi's Sfogava con le stelle, John Blow's Sing, Sing Ye Muses, Stars by Mary Howe, Lyric for Strings by George Walker, Starburst by Jessie Montgomery, and the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Maestro Lin will give a free community presentation at the Oak Ridge Public Library on Saturday, October 29th at 3:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to get to know the candidate better! Tickets and additional information are available 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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