The University of British Columbia has announced the appointment of Jonathan Girard as Director of the UBC Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Conducting and Ensembles. In the 2012-13 season he will also conduct the UBC Chamber Strings. Dr. Girard holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, and other degrees from Boston University and the Hartt School of Music. He will make his debut with the UBCSO on October 4. For more information, please visit music.ubc.ca.
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the appointment of Diana Cohen as their new concertmaster. According to the CPO’s media release, “Diana is an acclaimed chamber musician and orchestral violinist who hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She is also a successful arts administrator, having recently launched the inaugural season of Chamber Fest Cleveland.” Her first official concert in the new role will take place the week of September 17, and she will be featured in the Orchestra’s performances of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben the following week. Diana Cohen succeeds Cenek Vrba, who was Concertmaster of the CPO for 36 years.