Dayton Philharmonic sets date for announcement of new music and artistic director

Credit: ©Andy Snow 2005

Credit: ©Andy Snow 2005

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is set to announce the new music and artistic director of the Dayton Philharmonic on Thursday, May 30.

The announcement was previously scheduled for May 7 but was postponed due to “unavoidable scheduling conflicts.”

Neal Gittleman has served as DPO artistic director and conductor since 1995. In addition to broadening the DPO repertoire with more 20th century compositions, he has introduced a number of world, American and Dayton Philharmonic premieres and has expanded performance collaboration within the Dayton arts community, including the Stained Glass Series/Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts.



In May 2022, the DPAA announced Gittleman charted a five-year course for his retirement from the philharmonic in 2027. Gittleman will have been director for 32 years at the end of the five years. In a press statement, he ensured a “smooth and orderly transition.”

“Although I am not quite ready to hang up my baton, I understand how critical it is to have succession planning in place within our performing arts organization,” Gittleman said at the time. “I love my job, I love the amazing artists with whom I have the privilege to work, and I love the dedicated team of staff, supporters, and audience members who make it possible for me to do this work that I love every day. I’d prefer to retire from conducting the orchestra a little too soon than one second too late. I’ve always tried to do this job at 100% commitment, and I don’t ever want to be in a position—physically or emotionally—where I feel that can’t do that.”

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gittleman graduated from Yale University in 1975. He continued his musical studies with the eminent teachers Nadia Boulanger and Annette Dieudonné in Paris, Hugh Ross at the Manhattan School of Music and Charles Bruck at both the Pierre Monteux Domaine School and the Hartt School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Karl Böhm Fellowship. In 1984, he was the Second Prize Winner of Geneva’s Ernest Ansermet International Conducting Competition, and, two years later, he was awarded Third Prize at the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York City. In 1989, he was selected for the American Conductors Program at the American Symphony Orchestra League’s annual conference in San Francisco.

In May 2014, he was awarded a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio for Community Development and Participation. Under his direction, the Dayton Philharmonic has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music nine times.

The announcement ceremony, which is not open to the general public, will take place at 10 a.m. inside the PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St.

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