Meet and Hear Wilmington Community Orchestra's New Conductor

Jonathan_MoserAfter a year-long national search, The Music School of Delaware has named a new conductor for the Wilmington Community Orchestra: Jonathan Moser will begin his tenure this fall.

Moser has loved music since sitting under the piano as a small boy while his parents played Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Today, he is married with three children, is an accomplished violinist and has held various musical director roles. In addition to his new position with the Wilmington Community Orchestra this fall, Moser will also start as orchestra director at Kutztown University.

To celebrate the new appointment, the Music School will host a free, open reading performance and “meet the conductor reception” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. August 3 at the school’s Wilmington Branch (4101 Washington Street in Wilmington). The orchestra will read Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Regional musicians are welcome and encouraged to attend, both to meet Moser and to play along. The reception will be held during a brief break in the session.

Jonathan Moser conducted a concert with the orchestra last season. (Photo by Jeni Barton)

Jonathan Moser conducted a concert with the orchestra last season. (Photo by Jeni Barton)

The orchestra, a Music School of Delaware program, is an accomplished amateur ensemble that performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists include Music School faculty members, acclaimed guest artists and winners of the orchestra’s annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.

Music School Dean Cheri Astolfi, who described Moser as warm and jovial, said the announcement has been well-received. Moser, too, is enthusiastic about working with orchestra members: “Not only are they dedicated to music, they’re dedicated to one another.”

The Music School of Delaware’s concert season includes four performances by the Wilmington Community Orchestra in 2015-2016, beginning with Moser’s debut November 20. The other concerts will be held January 17, March 20 and May 20, and one will feature the winners of the annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.

For ticket information, visit or call 302-762-1132.

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