Following a nationwide search, 30 year old American conductor Michelle Merrill has today been announced as the new Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
“I am honoured and beyond thrilled to be joining the DSO family,” Merrill has said, “… having the opportunity to work with the extraordinary musicians of the orchestra and world-renowned Music Director Leonard Slatkin is a dream come true.”
“Michelle impressed everyone with her musicality,” Maestro Slatkin has said, “… both in conducting the orchestra and in the interview phases she exhibited all the qualities that the DSO embraces.”
Ms Merrill has served previously as an Ansbacher Conducting Fellow with the Vienna Philharmonic and has made regular guest appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
She will succeed Teddy Abrams – who earlier this season commenced as Music Director of the Louisville Symphony.