Erie Chamber Orchestra Begins Search for New Music Director

Posted: January 25, 2016

Matthew Kraemer, only the second music director in the Erie Chamber Orchestra's 37-year-history, has announced that the 2016-17 season will be his last. Kraemer joined the Erie Chamber Orchestra at the end of 2012 after the death of its founder, Bruce Morton Wright.

This summer, Kraemer accepted the position of music director and principal conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO), to which he will be committed for 12 weeks a year, a seven-week season and five additional weeks that are part of the ICO's new role as the orchestra for the American Pianists Association competitions, an additional commitment of five weeks.

Kraemer has also been named music director of Indianapolis Opera, for which he will be engaged for about nine weeks a year on three or four productions.

The time required by the positions in Indiana, Kraemer said, would reduce his availability for the ECO's nine-concert ten-month season to a level that is less than the orchestra deserves.

New ECO general manager Daria Binkowski said that the 2016-17 season would be a search year. "In order to provide ample time for a pool of candidates to be chosen, as well as time to engage the increasingly prestigious soloists that the ECO has been fortunate to attract, arrangements must be made well in advance for the process to be orderly and fruitful."

Kraemer will conduct three concerts during the upcoming season, with the remaining programs being led by a final round of applicants for the position. His farewell concert will be on May 13, 2017, in a program featuring Mozart's Mass in C minor.