Vermont’s classical music scene has seen some controversy lately in the most unexpected place, the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
New music director Ronald Braunstein was fired by the board in November, after just arriving at the V-Y-O to replace Troy Peters, who left for a job in Texas. The VYO also announced the departure of executive director Caroline Whiddon, who leaves her post next week.
Braunstein was popular among student musicians, and some parents have been left with questions about his removal. Still the board has been silent about the firing, saying it’s a personnel matter. Braunstein will conduct two final concerts with the VYO this weekend.
Now the board has announced a new music director and a new interim executive director. Jeffery Domoto will take over as music director designee next month. He brings experience working with young students and also as a member of the conducting staff of the New York City Opera.
VYO Board Chair John Davis tells VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb they’re pleased with Domoto’s experience.
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The VYO’s winter concerts will be held:
Friday, January 28 at 8:00 pm – Harwood Union High School
and Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 pm – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts