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Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director.

After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will provide musical leadership, artistic vision, and an organizational presence in the community, continuing to drive CKYO forward in fulfilling its mission.

Marcello Cormio

Cormio has served CKYO as Interim Conductor of the Symphony and Concert Orchestras since August 2016 leading successful performances for both ensembles throughout the 69th season. Cormio will officially begin his duties as Music Director on July 1, 2017.

CKYO Board President, Kirsten Kegley spoke of the organization’s enthusiasm in Cormio’s appointment.

“On behalf of the CKYO family, we are excited to welcome Marcello Cormio as our Music Director for our 70th season,” he said. “I am thrilled that Marcello has accepted our invitation to lead the organization into the future. I am confident that his artistic vision, passion for education, and desire to widen CKYO’s reach in our community are the perfect fit for our organization.”

“I am thrilled beyond words to accept this position. It is such a privilege to work with such talented young artists and a joy to become part of this wonderful CKYO family,” said Marcello Cormio. “I plan on building new and exciting programs and expand our presence in the cultural and artistic life of Central Kentucky through outreach and collaboration.

“I hope CKYO’s work can have an even bigger impact on the lives of the young people we serve, their families and friends, and the Lexington community at-large, of which I have been a proud member for six years now.”

Cormio is an Italian born conductor, opera coach, pianist, and educator. Among his recent conducting engagements are a production of L’elisir d’amore at the Michigan State University Opera Theatre, and work as cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

South Florida Classical praised him as “an assured hand in the pit, conducting the score with vitality while leaving the singers room to breathe in their solos” for Così fan tutte at Sarasota Opera’s 2016 season. He has recently led productions of Robert Nelson’s A Room with a View at the Michigan State University, Street Scene at the West Virginia University, and Le nozze di Figaro at the 2015 Sarasota Opera Festival.

As a symphonic conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, the Bacau Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Bari.

In recent years, Cormio has been regularly invited as guest lecturer and conductor at prestigious academic institutions. He was Head of the Opera Program at the West Virginia University in 2014-15, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Kentucky as Director of the University of Kentucky Philharmonia.

Cormio holds graduate degrees in piano, composition and conducting from Italian conservatories, as well as a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. He lives in Lexington with his wife Orsola and four year old daughter Viola.

The CKYO Music Director Search sought out candidates for the position via national publications in the conducting and music education fields in August 2016. After receiving 28 applications, a 13 member Search Committee, comprised of CKYO Board members, local university professors of music, Fayette County Public School music educators, and other members of the community, met to evaluate the applicants.

The list was narrowed to three candidates, each who visited Lexington in early 2017; rehearsing with the CKYO Symphony and Concert Orchestras as well as learning about and observing CKYO’s community outreach programs North Limestone MusicWorks and Friends in Music.

About the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

Since 1947, CKYO has been dedicated to the musical education and growth of its student members and is one of the oldest, independently chartered youth orchestras in the United States. Nearly 400 students gather from 12 counties and 60 area schools to participate in CKYO’s six performing ensembles. In addition, CKYO operates three community-based programs: Friends in Music, CKYO in the Schools, and North Limestone MusicWorks.

Each season CKYO performs six major concerts at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky campus and the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington. In addition, CKYO students perform throughout Lexington at venues including the Loudon House, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Keeneland Racetrack, ArtsPlace, Kentucky Horse Park, among others.

All Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra programs are made possible in part through the generous support of LexArts. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

From CKYO Communications

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