Chattanooga, TN – 2/10/20 – The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is pleased to introduce Ismael Sandoval as the new CSO Youth Orchestra/CSO Assistant Conductor beginning June 1, 2020. This new combined conductor role will allow Sandoval to conduct the CSOYO Symphony Orchestra, the organization’s top youth orchestra, as well as assist Music Director Kayoko Dan with cover conducting of Masterworks concerts. Sandoval will also conduct other concerts throughout each season. Sandoval will be replacing Gary Wilkes as CSOYO Symphony Conductor due to Wilkes’ retirement from the position after 28 years.
Sandoval most recently served as Assistant/Cover Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic & Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Music Director for the Promenade Opera Project, Assistant/Cover Conductor for The Eureka Ensemble, and Artistic Director and Conductor of The Women’s Chorus. Sandoval graduated with Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from the University of Florida, and holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory.
“After Gary’s long-term tenure with the CSOYO, we are happy to announce our next leader who will continue the tradition of excellence with the youth orchestras,” states Kayoko Dan, CSO Music Director. “Ismael is an excellent and energetic educator and musician and we’re thrilled to have him join our conducting staff.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to be working with everyone at the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, especially the students of the CSOYO, who are an amazing part of the city’s arts and educational communities,” states Sandoval. “In addition to doing what I can to enable both orchestras to succeed and grow, a major priority for me during my time there will be to cultivate a stronger community in Chattanooga by engaging all of us through collaborative and community driven endeavors.”
The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera continues to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community as it enters its 87th season. In addition to Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, and special event concerts, the CSO is well known for its education and engagement events with the musicians of the CSO performing to more than 30,000 students each year throughout the greater Chattanooga Community. Conducted by Music Director Kayoko Dan, the CSO consists of top players from the Chattanooga area as well as from across the southern region.