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Letter to the editor: Give Alaskans a chance to lead Juneau symphony

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Something is not right about the Juneau Symphony’s search for a new conductor. Of the more than 70 reported applicants for the position, I am aware of two highly qualified candidates with impeccable credentials, close ties to Alaska, local references and a genuine interest in serving this community. One is a cover conductor at The Met who, despite including James Levine as a reference and expressing a willingness to move to Juneau, was not even given a courtesy email informing him that his application had been received and rejected.

The other is Juneau’s own conductor in residence, Maestro William Todd Hunt. Maestro Hunt has paid his dues as JSO’s resident conductor for many years, and proved his gravitas at both music directing and conducting with his magnificent Russian Romantics concert last fall, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and scenes from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. If the board and symphony players truly intend to take input from the community into consideration, Maestro Hunt should be given an opportunity to conduct the fourth concert of the 2014-2015 season and be included as one of the four finalists.

Kristen Miller

Symphony Patron

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Bill Burk 04/30/14 - 07:07 pm
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Maestro Hunt

Maestro Hunt in well respected in the community for his musical ability and also for his love of Juneau. It would be a great loss if Tod was not made the next conductor of the JSO

Andrea Whisenant
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Andrea Whisenant 05/01/14 - 09:41 pm
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A Travesty to and disgrace to a Great Juneau "Go Giver!"

When I think of the JSO I think of Todd Hunt and his love for music, his passion for his community and his dedication to teaching our youth the art of playing beautiful instruments. Todd has been my sons sax teacher for over a year and he truly has the patience of a Saint. It is truly a travesty that those who saw got to choose the Symphony candidates saw fit to pass up one of Juneau's finest and most dedicated souls. Sounds like they need to sit at his feet and take a few lessons in gratitude and community.

Andrea Whisenant
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Andrea Whisenant 05/01/14 - 09:56 pm
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A Travesty to and disgrace to a Great Juneau "Go Giver!"

When I think of the JSO I think of Todd Hunt and his love for music, his passion for his community and his dedication to teaching our youth the art of playing beautiful instruments. Todd has been my sons sax teacher for over a year and he truly has the patience of a Saint. It is truly a travesty that those who chose the Symphony candidates saw fit to pass up one of Juneau's finest and most dedicated souls. Sounds like they need to sit at his feet and take a few lessons in gratitude and community.

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