David Robertson, Music Director
A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2014, Robertson launches his 10th season as Music Director of the 135-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, David Robertson assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
Gemma New, Resident Conductor
Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New was recently appointed the St. Louis Symphony’s Resident Conductor and Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She also holds the position of Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, while maintaining a close relationship with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. New also enjoys guest engagements this season with the Malmö SymfoniOrkester in Malmö, Sweden, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Winnipeg, Canada.
Amy Kaiser, St. Louis Symphony Chorus Director
Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995, Amy Kaiser has prepared the chorus for performances with music directors David Robertson, Hans Vonk, and Leonard Slatkin and for many international guest conductors. She has also conducted performances with the chorus and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall and the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in repertoire including Handel’s Messiah and works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert.
Guest conductor with Chicago’s Grant Park Festival and the Berkshire Choral Festival, Kaiser conducted over fifty performances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and worked with many regional orchestras.
Kevin McBeth, IN UNISON Chorus Director
Kevin McBeth was appointed Director of the IN UNISON® Chorus in January, 2011. Kevin is the Director of Music at Manchester United Methodist Church in suburban St. Louis. He serves as full-time administrator for the Music Ministry, which includes 18 choral and handbell ensembles, involving nearly 500 children, youth and adults. Kevin has also recently served as Adjunct Professor in Choral Music at Webster University. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted honor, festival and touring choirs (choral and handbell) in the United States and Canada.