Alabama Symphony Orchestra names Kevin Fitzgerald Assistant Conductor

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Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra’s new music director Kevin Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has named Kevin Fitzgerald the new Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) and Assistant Conductor of the ASO.

Joining the ASO this summer, Fitzgerald previously worked as Music Director of Spectrum Orchestra and ÆPEX Contemporary Performance.

According to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Fitzgerald’s career has been marked by a fierce commitment to music as a vehicle for social change. He has conducted the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Michigan, and has performed at the Eastern Music Festival.

“Kevin is a very talented and committed young conductor, whose passion and energy stood out in a very competitive audition process. I’m confident that he will be a great asset to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor, and a powerful source of inspiration and leadership as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra,” ASO’s Music Director Carlos Izcaray.

His duties will include conducting all rehearsals and concerts for the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, acting as the ASO’s Cover Conductor, and leading rehearsals and education concerts.

Deanna Sirkot, Director of Education for the ASO, added, “Right away, Kevin displayed a combination of musical energy and personality that resonated with the ASYO students. He instantly set up an environment that encouraged musical achievement and teamwork; the kind of environment that creates rich learning experiences.”

Photo of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra from the ASYO Facebook page

The Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra  consists of 60 of the brightest young musicians from throughout the state of Alabama.

“I am eager to contribute to the organization’s tremendous artistic achievements and to become a member of the Birmingham community. I look forward to building relationships with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra family!” said Fitzgerald.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.