ASO Embarks on Multi-Year Search for New Music Director

Posted Jun 03, 2016 | ASO News, Press Releases, 

Alexandria, VA— The ASO announces that applications and nominations are currently being accepted for the position of Music Director.  The new director will assume responsibilities beginning with the ASO’s 2018-2019 Season, coinciding with the organization’s 75th Anniversary Season.

The new director will be selected through several rounds of examination by a search committee composed of ASO musicians, trustees and community leaders.  The first round closes for the initial applications by candidates on August 1, 2016.  The committee will then review all applications and narrow the pool to a handful of the most qualified, who will be invited to conduct a concert set during the 2017-2018 Season.  The ASO musicians and audience will provide feedback about each candidate, which the committee will take into consideration before making its final recommendation.

“The symphony is excited to write our next chapter,” comments ASO President Ronal Butler.  “The search process is a rare community-wide event; our organization has not experienced such a significant change in over 28 years.  We look forward to all of Alexandria joining us during this transition.”

The Music Director directs the ASO’s artistic programs through choosing repertoire, oversees the entire artistic process besides conducting the orchestra’s concerts. The ideal candidate will be a strong advocate for the symphony and contribute to the orchestra’s community outreach, education and fundraising activities and efforts.  The ASO, first and foremost, seeks a candidate with exceptional musicianship and conducting skills.

The organization has already begun to receive applications from potential candidates.  The full position profile and job description are available at  To submit an application, send packages to  Applications can also be mailed to: 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 608, Alexandria, VA  22314. (Email applications are preferred.)