News to start your week!

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he will be retiring from the San Francisco Symphony.  The San Francisco Chronicle considers who should be given the post – and the importance of having a music director who values the works of women and people of color.


Perhaps the search committee in San Francisco will get some inspiration from this list of Female Conductors to Watch, put together by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.


Composer Hilary Purrington writes about her process of composition and revision of her third large work for orchestra, Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky.  A fascinating and insightful read – with  at NewMusicBox.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting together big and exciting plans for their centennial!  Read about the 50 planned commissions, as well as a collaboration with the California African American Museum to honor the work of William Grant Still.  Read more here.