Dr Christopher Koch (Photo courtesy of Juneau Symphony.)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – A new musical director will come for the Juneau Symphony.
His name is Dr Christopher Koch, he will come from Oregon to Juneau to bring his two decades of graduate studies to the Eastman School of Music.
Dr Koch says he’s absolutely thrilled to be the Symphony Orchestra’s next musical director, and added that from the moment he arrived in Juneau, he knew he had landed in a special place. .
Executive director Charlotte Truitt said he was one of 50 candidates for the post
“We are delighted that after a three year process – due to COVID delays – we are able to select him and bring him on board.”
Dr Koch is currently Music Director and Executive Director of Ozarks Lyric Opera and is active nationally as an early music specialist (recorder) in recitals, concertos and lectures.
He has performed as a guest conductor with orchestras in the United States, Australia and Canada.
Koch also spent two decades in higher education, most recently at Drury University.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters in Music in Flute and Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and a doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of Washington.
He resides in Oregon with his wife Danielle and daughter Ella.
“He just had a very strong heart for our community and a strong desire to get involved and make symphonic music accessible and available to a wide range of people here in our city,” said Truitt.
Preparations for Dr. Koch’s first concert with the orchestra on January 29-30 are underway.
The Symphony will reach its 60th anniversary next year, Truitt was asked about plans to mark the milestone.
“It’s a really exciting birthday for us and it will be its first full season, we’ll kind of be back to our more normal schedule, and we’ll have special activities and special events and celebrations. We’re still in the process. planning for this right now, but it will be part of it and we will have a full normal schedule of live concerts and chamber events and most importantly that we will be celebrating a lot throughout the year so that people can be there. ‘Look for additional announcements of new events around our 60th anniversary. “