After a long waiting process (and having no more nails to bite with the anticipation!), the news have finally broken out regarding what will be my biggest and most exciting challenge up to date: being the next Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Based in Birmingham, the ASO is in a class of its own within the state, and since the first notes we rehearsed together I felt a great connection with them. This is an ensemble that is able to perform the monumental standard works with both aplomb and finesse, whilst also approaching new works with a great deal of skill and fresh curiosity. Together with their highly efficient administration and very friendly group of board members and supporters, they expressed their desire to keep building on what is already a very solid foundation. I thus look forward to working in this team, striving always to touch the hearts of our audience and community!