Bauman stepping down as LP Symphony conductor


Press release from LCSO
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Philip J. Bauman will step down after a long and accomplished tenure with the orchestra when his contract expires this summer. The board is planning a search for the next conductor and music director of the symphony.
Bauman joined the symphony in 1994 and is credited with significantly raising the orchestra’s artistic level, spearheading a resurgence in the educational programming, and helping to grow the audience.
Michael Drayton, president of the LCSO Board, states “We deeply value his many contributions over 23 years and plan to recognize him for the tremendous impact he has had on the LaPorte County Symphony. We assure you that the accomplishments Philip leaves with LCSO are valued, will be remembered, and will be built upon.” Recognition of Bauman is planned for his farewell concert on May 5.
The LCSO Board has formed a Search Committee composed of board members, musicians and patrons who will begin plans for a series of guest conductors to come and conduct a concert program. This committee will seek input from musicians on their experiences with guest conductors as well as from patrons, sponsors and the audience at large. They have numerous other symphonies who have gone through a search as examples.
Patrons, orchestra musicians and the community will have a chance to experience the guest conductors’ different strengths, artistic styles and personalities. The process will work through the next two seasons and is expected to yield a wonderful new music director/conductor.
The board looks forward to the next chapter of LCSO bringing fresh organizational growth and a strong focus on engaging the community. As guest conductor plans unfold, they will be announced.
In the near term the board is delighted to announce that the LaPorte Healthcare Foundation will welcome LCSO Associate Conductor Charles Steck as conductor for Holiday at the Pops in December 2018, and will be leaning on his experience through the interim.

One Response to “Bauman stepping down as LP Symphony conductor”

  1. Leigh Morris

    Mar 07. 2018

    Our community–and region–are richer because of Philip Bauman’s great work as Musical Director for the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. He’s brought out the best in our wonderful musicians and has helped to build an orchestra that is the envy of scores of much larger communities. I hope his departure signals the beginning of another very positive chapter in his distinguished career.

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