Harrisburg, PA (July 21, 2020) – Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Board Chair Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald today announced that the contract of Music Director Stuart Malina has been renewed for three additional years, through the 2022-23 Season. The popular Maestro is celebrating his 20th season as the Symphony’s Music Director and artistic leader.
“Stuart’s musicianship, creativity and connection with audiences have all contributed greatly to the artistic success of our orchestra and to the vibrant live music scene in the Harrisburg region,” said MacDonald. “As we commemorate our 90th season and Stuart’s 20th with HSO, we are thrilled to announce that our relationship with the Maestro will continue for another three years.”
“Stuart is not only a world-class conductor, but a tremendous collaborator as well,” said Matthew Herren, Executive Director, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Herren took over the reins of the orchestra’s administrative leadership effective July 1, 2020, succeeding Jeff Woodruff, who served in the post since 2003. “Since beginning my position, Stuart and I have worked closely with each other and the board to explore new and innovative ways to deliver an inspired season of music in a time of great change. Stuart is the heartbeat of the orchestra, both on and off the stage, and one of the reasons why coming back to the region was so very enticing for me.”
“This contract renewal was not a difficult decision. Harrisburg is my home and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is my family,” said Maestro Malina. “I’m honored to work with a remarkable group of musicians and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to bring world-
class symphonic music to this region. While this season will indeed be a season like no other, the Harrisburg Symphony will continue to surprise and delight our patrons.”
Stuart Malina was born and raised in the New York City suburbs. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and then went on to study conducting with the esteemed pedagogue, Otto-Werner Mueller, at the Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Maestro Malina also has impressive credentials as a pianist and performs frequently as soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony, in the Harrisburg area with HSO Concertmaster, Peter Sirotin, and other HSO musicians, as well as on the Market Square Concert Series. Since 2013, Maestro Malina has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, and last summer was named Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. In 2003, he received a Tony Award for his orchestration of Movin’ Out, the hit musical he created with Twyla Tharp based on the music of Billy Joel. Stuart Malina and his wife, Marty, live in Harrisburg with their two children.