Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra names new music director

Updated: 07/29/2014 10:53 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 5:00 AM WHEC.com

A 31-year-old Pittsford man has been named as music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The announcement was made at Rochester City Hall Tuesday morning.

Ward Stare, 31, was born and raised in Pittsford. He began studying trombone at the age of nine and was accepted into the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at age 11. He graduated early from Pittsford Mendon High School in order to study trombone at the Juilliard School in Manhattan.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “As the City of the Arts, we are proud of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s presence in the community. I would like to sincerely congratulate Ward Stare and the RPO for the exciting new chapter that beings today for both of them.”

Stare’s appointment is effective September 1. He is the RPO’s twelfth music director.

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