Delaware Symphony Orchestra Music Director Search Process

In Spring 2023, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) began its search for the sixth Music Director in the organization’s 118-year history.

The process is led by a Search Committee composed of Musicians of the Orchestra, Members of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Symphony Association, Community Leaders, and DSO staff.  Currently serving members are:

  • Tina Betz, Executive Director, Wilmington Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Tracey Quillen Carney, First Lady, State of Delaware
  • George Christensen, Board of Directors; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • Frank Clowes, President, Board of Directors; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • Dr. James Ellison, Chair, Artistic Steering Committee; Board of Directors
  • David Fleming, Past President, Board of Directors; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • Tyler Holloway, Board of Directors
  • Brian Kuszyk, Principal Trumpet
  • Dan McDougall, Principal Bass; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • Kimberly Reighley, Principal Flute; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • Karen Schubert, Principal Horn
  • David Southorn, Concertmaster; Artistic Steering Committee member
  • J.C. Barker, Chief Executive Officer

Following the initial offering, the Search Committee received 147 applicants from around the world.  The overwhelming response is a testament to the reputation of our organization and the artistic excellence of our musicians.

Process Timeline To Date

  • June 2023 — Music Director Search Committee formed
  • June-July 2023 — Job description created
  • July 28, 2023 — Position announced through publication in national and international industry outlets as well as the DSO website
  • September 29, 2023 — Deadline for application; 147 applications received
  • October-November 2023 — Application submissions reviewed by the Search Committee
  • November 2023 — Selection of 17 semi-finalist candidates
  • November-December 2023 — Interviews conducted with all semi-finalist candidates
  • December 2023 — Selection of 9 second-round interviews for semi-finalist candidates
  • January 2024 — Final interviews with remaining candidates and selection of finalists
  • February 2024 — Announcement of finalists selected to appear with the DSO in the 2024-2025 season