Quinn named new OSO conductor

Published in Messenger-Inquirer 5/20/17

By Bobbie Hayse

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra announced Friday that Troy Quinn has been named its new music director and conductor.

Jay Wethington, the chair of the search committee, said during a press conference at the Symphony Academy that the process of selecting the symphony’s new leader has been ongoing for two years.

He said that the committee that was selected to choose the new conductor/music director received more than 100 applicants from all over the world and of all calibers. The committee whittled down applicants to four, based on a variety of criteria that included musicianship, their ability to relate visually to an audience, their fundraising abilities, and their experience with boards and other administrative abilities.


As part of the selection process, the finalists visited Owensboro for a week where they engaged with the orchestra, board members and the community before conducting a program in the 2016-17 season.

The week that each candidate was visiting Owensboro, Wethington said, was intense for both the candidate and the orchestra’s board of directors.

He said the board met with each candidate one-on-one before and after each of the programs they conducted, and also was highly invested in hearing the community’s impressions.

“We relied upon what we were hearing about each candidate from our constituents, patrons, sponsors,” he said. “They have all been involved in this process. We have accepted input from more than 800 people.”

Quinn, 33, of Los Angeles, was unable to attend the announcement, but sent a video response. In the video, he said he was delighted to have been chosen as Owensboro’s new music director.

He said he enjoyed his visit last fall when he conducted the orchestra on Nov. 19, and his time with the orchestra and the “vibrant arts community.”

“I am looking forward to many years of thrilling and exciting performances together and making music in the Bluegrass State,” he said.