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OC Symphony Baton Changes Hands

Maestro Parnther - farewell.

By Staff writer, 2011-09-19
The OC Symphony has sadly bade farewell to Director Anthony Parnther following his resignation earlier this month to follow another opportunity. Newly appointed Music Director, Dr. David Rentz, will be wielding the baton for the September 25th Concert

Acknowleding Anthony Parnther's great contribution to the Symphony’s growth Executive Director Dorothy Rose writes:

“Since May, 2008 he brought incredible growth and acclaim to the Orange County Symphony, formed the Orange County Wind Symphony, and in 2009 created the Orange County Youth Wind Symphony. The phenomenal goals he set in a five year plan were accomplished in three: an extraordinary achievement.

“Our many musicians have devoted their very best under his challenging expectations. The young people will long remember and treasure their time in study and performance with Anthony, carrying the banner of his high standards throughout their musical careers.”

Maestro Rentz - welcome!

The new Music Director/Conductor, Dr. David Rentz, is an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, currently serves on the faculty of the music department of Scripps College, and is the choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside.

From 2005 to 2010, he lived in New York City, where he was a principal conductor and co-founder of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a collectively-run ensemble devoted to performing works written in the last twenty-five years. He was also director of Guildsingers, a professional early music ensemble specializing in 15th-century polyphony. In addition to his work with C4 and Guildsingers, Dr. Rentz served as choral director at The Brearley School, a K-12 girls preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Dr. Rentz received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Mylonas Scholar in the Humanities. He earned his M.M at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was director of the University Chorus and graduate conducting assistant for the University Opera. He also was the director of Cantilena, one of the choruses of the Madison Children's Choir; founding director of the Madison Yiddish Choir; and the music director of the Madison Savoyards, a longstanding Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. He received his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale University School of Music, where he was director of the University Chapel Choir and a member of the internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum.

He has received fellowships and grants from the Yale alumni Ventures program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was part of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting.



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