Springfield Symphony renews Maestro Pickett's contract through 2020-2021 season

The Board of Directors of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced the renewal of Music Director/Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett’s contract through the 2020-2021 season.

“My family and I love Springfield, and we're so happy to live here and be a part of this community,” said Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director/conductor for the Springfield Symphony.  “I am very pleased with the work we have done in my first three years with the Springfield Symphony, and I am very excited about the next five years!  We have worked very hard in my time here so far to use creative and innovative programming and marketing to raise our profile in the community.  As a result, we have broken ticket records every year, and I feel we are growing as an orchestra and an organization.”

Irwin Cohen, board president for the Springfield Symphony remarks, “I am pleased that we will be able to continue our partnership with the talented Music Director, Kyle Wiley Pickett for an additional five years in growing the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s artistic reputation and abilities throughout the Orchestra community.”

Pickett began his tenure with the SSO during the 2013-2014 season after a nationwide search was conducted for a music director/conductor to replace Maestro Ron Spigelman.  During his first three years as music director/conductor, the orchestra has seen tremendous artistic growth, single ticket sales have increased each year, and Pickett strives to integrate the community directly into SSO concerts.  Prior to his appointment as music director/conductor for the SSO, Pickett held positions at the North State Symphony in Northern California as well as the Juneau Symphony Orchestra in Juneau, Alaska.

“I hope to continue to build on the excitement we have generated about Springfield's orchestra, which is truly our orchestra here in our community, and to keep new audience members coming out to see what we're doing, as well as keeping our loyal audience members excited about the music we produce here. I am so grateful to have the support of the board, a truly dedicated staff, wonderfully talented musicians, and enthusiastic audiences. All these elements have combined to make a wonderful time here in Springfield so far, and I am delighted to know we will continue to work together for many more seasons to come.”

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions.  Please feel free to email him at kwpickett@gmail.com or call at (417) 837-9422. 

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org orwww.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.