Following a year-long international search, Scott Sandmeier will take up his duties as music director of the Conservatory Orchestra with next season's opening concert on September 28 and 29. He will also lead the orchestra in performances on February 22 and May 3. Alasdair Neale, music director of the Marin Symphony and longtime principal guest conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, takes the podium for concerts on November 2, 3, 23 and 24.
A long-time resident of Europe, Sandmeier is currently professor of conducting and director of orchestral studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, as well as artistic director of a chamber orchestra and summer festival in southwestern France. He has ongoing relationships as a guest conductor with orchestras in France, Germany and Portugal, and has taught and conducted at distinguished conservatories throughout the U.S. and Europe, notably Indiana and DePaul universities, the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and the Paris Conservatory. From 1998 through 2006 he was also conductor-in-residence at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.
A native of Los Angeles, Sandmeier received his training at California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and the Paris Conservatory.
A recording of the Orchestra's February 16 performance of Mendelssohn's The Hebrides, Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" with Sandmeier is posted on the Conservatory's YouTube channel in the orchestra playlist.