Shannon Arnold named artistic director of Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers has holiday concerts in December at the Community named Shannon Arnold as the group’s new artistic Church on Sanibel, the Readings and Carols concert director. She takes over the podium from long-time for charity at New Hope Presbyterian in Fort Myers, conductor Jeff Faux as the fourth director in the and will, once again, join the Gulf Coast Symphony organization’s 19-year history, a season billed as at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for Deck Passing the Baton. the Halls. The choir will also provide the carols at the Arnold, who recently relocated to Southwest lighting of the city of Fort Myers Christmas tree. Florida from Philadelphia, is currently serving as The Mastersingers will be a sanctioned event of director of the Good Shepherd United Methodist the Edison Festival of Light in February at St. Church Chancel Choir and Bell Choir in North Fort Michael’s Lutheran Church for a performance that Myers. will travel through time examining milestone invenArnold completed her undergraduate degree in tions and significant pieces of music that accompaMusic Education at Penn State University where, as nied them. a junior, she was chosen choral conducting intern to The 19th season culminates with two performlead the chamber ensemble, Sine Nomine. After ances in April celebrating the 250th anniversary of completing her undergraduate studies, she taught Beethoven’s birth. The program will feature superior rated ensembles at Fort Pierce Central Beethoven’s Mass in C along with the winning comHigh School in Fort Pierce, Florida. After four years position from the 2nd annual Sanibel-Captiva Trust of teaching, Shannon moved to Philadelphia and Prize in Choral Competition. Shannon Arnold received her master’s degree in Choral Conducting In talking with Shannon about her appointment at Temple University. After her first year at Temple, as director, she said, “Working with an ensemble she was awarded the Robert Page Conducting Scholarship. In addilike the Mastersingers is an incredible opportunity. I am excited to tion to her fine conducting skills, Arnold is also an accomplished continue their illustrious history of performing masterworks at a high pianist. level. I look forward to building relationships with the members as “We are very lucky to have brought in a musician of Shannon’s well as the entire Fort Myers community.” caliber. She comes in with a new voice, a new energy, that will help This promises to be yet another entertaining season from the us to continue to grow and capitalize on the recent successes the Mastersingers as the baton is passed to a new conductor while the group has enjoyed,” said Mastersingers president Anthony Contino. fine musicianship, well-loved masterworks, and cutting edge new In Arnold’s first season, the group will perform its usual array of choral repertoire continue. For information on how to audition to masterworks and imaginative programming that has come to define become a member of the group, or for complete information on the the area’s premier choral ensemble. The group performs its traditional season schedule visit www.mastersingersfm.com.
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