The San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced the appointment of Grammy-winning musician and conductor Eric Dudley as music director of the SFCM Orchestra for the 2016–17 academic year. Scott Sandmeier, music director of the SFCM Orchestra since 2013, will resume his European conducting and teaching activities on a year-round basis beginning in the fall of 2016.
Eric Dudley enjoys a busy schedule of performances in the U.S. and abroad as a multifaceted 21st-century musician. After distinguished tenures as assistant conductor for both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony, he also recently appeared as principal conductor for the 2015 Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music in Australia. Recent career highlights include guest conducting engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut), TENET Vocal Ensemble and Signal Ensemble (New York City), International Contemporary Ensemble at the Ojai Music Festival (California), and the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia). He currently teaches at Mannes School of Music in New York, where he is the music director of the Mannes Prep Philharmonic and The New School Chorus. In addition to Eric’s work as a conductor, he is a member of the cutting-edge vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth. The ensemble won their first Grammy in 2014, and is currently nominated for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” for their album Render, which includes one of Dudley’s compositions.
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