ST. JOSEPH — The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra has announced that it has hired Matthew Aubin to replace Robin Fountain as its music director.
Originally from Norwich Conn., and now based in Jackson, Mich., Aubin currently is in his fifth season as music director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as artistic director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City.
He has played a principal role in the initiation and development of The Chelsea Symphony’s annual competition for emerging composers.
As a consultant for the Amazon Prime series “Mozart in the Jungle,” Aubin was the off-camera conductor for an episode filmed on Rikers Island, N.Y. Since then, he has continued a relationship with the NYC Department of Correction, designing and conducting a series of concerts and education initiatives for inmates, both in person and online.
He also served as the onstage conductor for the film “Bel Canto” with Julianne Moore and has been an artistic consultant for the television show “Younger.”
Aubin conducted two audition concerts with the SMSO: July 17, 2021, with a program titled “Belting Out Broadway,” and Oct. 17, 2021, with a program of Georges Bizet’s Suite from “Carmen,” Jeremy Crosmer’s “Masks: A Heroine’s Tale” for solo viola and orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Opus 36, in F minor.
Fountain retired from the orchestra at the end of the 2019-20 season.
For more information, call 269-982-4030 or visit smso.org.