Suzanne Gindin to lead
Suzanne Gindin will direct the Manchester Symphony
Orchestra, which opens its season Oct. 31. She takes the baton from
Manchester College Professor Robert Jones, who retired last spring after
35 years with the College, 25 leading the Symphony.
50-member community orchestra is comprised of area residents, and
Manchester College students, faculty and staff. The MSO opens its
season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 in
Cordier Auditorium on campus.
Gindin, an assistant professor, also will teach
French horn and trumpet at Manchester College. She holds a master’s
degree in conducting from the University of Oregon, where she led a band
of community and campus members, and is completing her doctorate at
Northwestern University, conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky. In
North Manchester, “I would like to inspire a love for classical music –
for art music both contemporary and classic,” Gindin said.
"How thrilled I am
that Suzanne Gindin will be filling the maestro position for the
Manchester Symphony Orchestra,” said MSO President-elect Diane Scheerer.
“Suzanne is such an excellent match for the college and community at
this time. She is not only exceptionally talented, but her ability to
instantly connect with people is beyond words!
and passion for her work, for people, and for life in general are just
plain obvious and infectious,” Scheerer said. “If we could bottle her
energetic and vibrant ingenuity, we may be onto a new fortune; but
instead, let's just appreciate the genuine person she is and the gift of
extraordinary musical leadership she brings to us."
Gindin is excited about the college’s larger,
reconstructed Recital Hall, which will provide an enriched experience
for the audience, with new stadium seating and acoustics, as well as for
the performer. The $1.2 million Recital Hall, with 172 seats and an art
gallery lobby, will be dedicated at Homecoming, on Saturday, Oct. 9.
“You need an intimate performance space like that,” Gindin said. “The
space has so much to do with the perception and the reception of what is
performed. It’s going to create a new level of performance here.”
In addition to performing in Oregon, Illinois and
Michigan, she has taught music, choir, band and orchestra in K-12.
Gindin has served as assistant conductor for the Metropolis Youth
Symphony in Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Kenilworth Union Church in
Illinois. She also has prepared and performed masterworks at the Oregon
Gindin, who has traveled to 14 countries, holds
bachelor’s degrees in music education and English literature and is a
marathoner and a backpacker. She resides in North Manchester.