Hilton Head Symphony forms committee to search for next music director

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has formed a search committee to recommend a candidate to be its next music director, officials announced Thursday.

The orchestra's board recently decided not to extend the contract of longtime music director and conductor Mary Woodmansee Green beyond June.

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, and the committee will narrow the field to the top 20 to 30 candidates in early February, according to a news release. The field then will be narrowed to five finalists by March 30 and each will each perform with the orchestra in a symphonic concert during the 2011-12 season.

Additional guest conductors will lead the orchestra for the remainder of the master series concerts and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition's final round.

Audience members, subscribers and musicians will be able to provide comments about the candidates following their performances, according to the release.

The new music director will be named at the end of March 2012, and will start in July 2012.

The orchestra already has received "a number of exciting applications," according to the release.

Members of the search committee are: Youth orchestra chair Jane Sine, concertmaster Terry Moore, musician's representative Mario Incorvaia, past board chair Robert Rada, orchestra series chair Willis Shay, choral society music director Tim Reynolds, executive director Mary Briggs and board chair Edward Parrish.

Sine will lead the search committee.

Rada and Shay were members of the search committee that selected Green.

Moore will be artistic advisor for the 2011-12 season. He will review all programs submitted by guest conductors and candidates and will develop an artistically balanced master series program, the release stated.

Details: www.hhso.org, 843-842-2055