We are announcing today that ECO Music Director Matthew Kraemer will be stepping down at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Matthew has been a wonderful presence in Erie and with the orchestra over the past 4 years, and we will miss him greatly. We are not the only ones who know how wonderful a musician Matthew is, however, and his rising popularity has meant a more demanding schedule with many other ensembles. He was recently named music director and principal conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and conductor for Indianapolis Opera.
“It has been a great honor to lead this wonderful orchestra these past four years. With my new conducting obligations at the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Indianapolis Opera, in addition to the Butler County Symphony and increasing demands on my guest conducting schedule, it has become necessary for me to step down as music director of the Erie Chamber at the end of the 2016-17 season. I wish to thank Gannon University, our musicians, and our audience and supporters who have made these past four years so meaningful for me in Erie. I look forward to my remaining programs and to a very bright future for the Erie Chamber Orchestra.”
Although we will miss Matthew, we wish him the best in his musical career and hope to see him back in Erie in the future. We will be auditioning new candidates for the ECO Music Director position in the 2016-2017 season. Applications for the position may be found at https://goo.gl/PHSW7q.