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Please welcome Adam Stern! - FW Symphony Orchestra

Please welcome Adam Stern!


The Federal Way Symphony is pleased to announce that long-time Pacific Northwest conductor Adam Stern will lead the organization through its 2020-21 season and beyond.

Following the retirement of founding Artistic Director Brian Davenport, the Symphony created a committee of board members, donors and musicians to ensure that all stakeholders were involved in the search for a new conductor. Adam Stern quickly emerged as the top choice among all committee members.

Born in Southern California, Adam grew up knowing music was his calling and received his MFA in conducting from the California Institute for the Arts at age 21--the youngest in that college’s history. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 1992 and has served as Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and Music Director of the Port Angeles Symphony and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He currently serves as Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic and the Sammamish Symphony.

Adam has started to meet Symphony donors, patrons and musicians and, in his words, “I am thrilled to take on this new challenge to continue my growth as an artist while sharing my worship and knowledge of music with our orchestra and audience. Music has been my love, companion, and calling since early childhood, and I hope that my passion will inspire the orchestra to surpass what they think are their present capabilities. I want to surprise our audiences with beautiful and deserving literature that they don't already know, while still honoring the ‘classical’ repertoire."

The Symphony will open its 2020-21 season “virtually” with a series of free online pieces programmed and conducted by Stern and professionally produced and directed. Music for the series will range from the Baroque era to Mozart to traditional holiday music. Additional information on the upcoming concert series will be posted on the Symphony website, www.federalwaysymphony.org and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/symphonyfriend.

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