Lawrence Golan
Lawrence Golan (Submitted)

The York Symphony Orchestra has found its new artistic leader.

The symphony announced Friday that conductor Lawrence Golan, of Denver Colo., has been selected as its new music director.

Golan's first performance, entitled "New Beginnings," will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City.

Golan was among more than 115 candidates from around the world who applied for the YSO position. He was the first of three finalists chosen to do audition concerts in York.

"I am honored to have been chosen from among such an impressive group of finalists - all of whom I have known of and admired for a long time," Golan said.

Golan's November performance was evaluated by members of the orchestra's search committee, musicians and board of directors, as well as the audience. The search committee made the final conductor recommendation to the board, according to the symphony's news release.

"We are incredibly proud to announce a musician of such high caliber has been selected and has accepted the music director position," said board president Jane Davis in a statement. "The announcement of Lawrence Golan is not only exciting for YSO, but for the entire community of York and the surrounding region."

Golan replaces Robert Hart Baker, who retired from the musical lead position in 2013 having served with YSO for 30 years.


"It is truly an honor for me to have been selected as the successor to Dr. Robert Hart Baker as the next music director of the York Symphony Orchestra," Golan said. "Maestro Baker will always be remembered for the 30 years of incredible passion and commitment he gave to this community."

Body of work:Golan guest conducts professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world, including in the Czech Republic, Italy, Korea and Taiwan. He has done a three-week tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra.

Golan is a tenured professor at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music where he conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre. He also is musical director for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and principal conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic in South Korea, according to his website at

Golan, a Chicago native, has a bachelor and master of music degrees in conducting and violin performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Golan has earned international recognition for his work, winning nine American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, five Global Music, three American Prize, two Prestige Music awards, along with three "DownBeat" magazine awards.

Golan, who is married and has a daughter, said he looks forward to working with the York Symphony Orchestra, as well as the symphony's chorus, board and administrators.

"Together we will strive to bring the organization to new heights and make it a jewel of the York community," he said.

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