After 10 years of concerts and continued orchestral growth under his baton, Maestro Peter Shannon has decided to step down as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO). Shannon will remain in his current position as Conductor through the end of this celebratory 10th season.
“I am exceedingly proud of what we have built together in Savannah,” said Shannon. “The people of this city have shown me and my family so much love and support, and have empowered me to cultivate a passionate and talented group of musicians from all over the country; bringing them together as Savannah’s orchestra with a sound and character all of its own.” Shannon continued, “Ten years is a significant milestone for an orchestra’s artistic leadership, and I feel like now is the time to turn my focus to new artistic pursuits, both in the US and in Europe. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the right one for me and my family, and Savannah will always have a place in our hearts.”
The search for the next SPO Conductor and Musical Director is already being planned and a search committee comprised of board members, musicians and patrons will be formed. To lead the search for a new Musical Director, SPO announced the organization has retained the services of Henry Fogel as artistic consultant and search facilitator.
The Savannah Philharmonic also recently announced a number of new appointments including Leslie Harris – Development Director, Kristen Spiridon- Education and Outreach Coordinator and Matt Caine -Chorusmaster.
SPO is also expanding numerous initiatives including the much-admired Integrative Medicine Program which Peter Shannon established at Memorial Hospital and which brings the power of music to very sick children and adults.