Conductor Bauman issues statement regarding his leaving symphony post

EDITOR’S NOTE: The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra announced in a March 6 press release that Philip Bauman would be stepping down as its conductor in May. (See that release at Below are Bauman’s own comments, which he issued March 8, on the pending exit:


“What an amazing journey we have all taken with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra. I am honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve as the LaPorte County Symphony’s Music Director for the past 23 seasons. Never did I imagine when I began with the orchestra back in 1994 that I would still be leading the LCSO well into the 21st century! I’m proud to have been the longest tenured music director in their 45-year history. It has been a joy to work the amazingly talented and passionate professional musicians of this orchestra.

I want you to know I love this orchestra and the musicians in it. I’ve dedicated over 23 years of my life to this institution and I am so very proud of our accomplishments and performances. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to create incredible experiences and personal relationships with musicians and patrons alike.

The musicians, board, patrons and audience members have embraced my vision for this orchestra. I could not be prouder of what WE have accomplished. And although I do not think by any means we have reached our full potential, I do know we have had an incredible and unforgettable journey. 

The musicians of this orchestra deserve immense accolades for providing the community with dedicated and inspired performances which is how I wish people to remember things: that we had these great moments in time that will forever bond us. 

Not only has the orchestra grown artistically, but also in terms of the scope and variety of repertoire and the programs we are able to provide the community. Our Children’s Concerts have a special place in my heart. We have inspired so many young people to appreciate and explore music at a deeper level.

I’m deeply committed to the Northwest Indiana Region, where I will continue my obligations with renewed passion as Music Director of the Michigan City Messiah (4 seasons), Conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra (15 seasons), conductor of the South Suburban College Orchestra, and manager of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (10 seasons).

I look forward to a new season of creative opportunities.”

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