Steven Finch leaving Huntington Choral Society

February 16, 2018 by  

After 34 years, Steven Finch is retiring as the director of the Huntington Choral Society.

The move is particularly painful for the ensemble, since it has had only three directors in its entire history, which goes back more than 50 years. Finch, who was hired in 1984, has been on the podium for concerts that included everything from operas to cabaret evenings. With him in charge, the group has sung with such organizations as the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the New York Virtuosi.

Although Finch will be greatly missed, the organization had to find a replacement, and thus formed a search committee that began its work in Fall 2017. The committee placed ads throughout the metropolitan New York area, specifically targeting organization like conservatories, music schools, and universities, as well as professional music organizations.

In total, 30 people responded, and after extensive review, the field was limited to six, who then auditioned by conducting a rehearsal. Group members provided feedback, which will be presented to the board by the end of this month.

Before he leaves, Finch will conduct the group at two concerts: ‘Denim and Diamonds’ on March 24, and the Spring Concert on April 14, which is called ‘From the Age of Enlightenment’. The concert will include Hayden’s Paukenmesse (War in the Time of Peace) and Mozart’s Requiem, featuring full orchestra and soloists.

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