SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA announced the enlistment of Henry Fogel, an influential performing arts administrator, to lead the search in replacing longtime Philharmonic musical director and conductor Peter Shannon. Shannon announced his decision to leave the organization at the conclusion of the tenth season in May of 2019.
Prior to his work as a consultant for orchestras and other musical organizations, Fogel served as the President of the League of American Orchestras from 2003 to 2008, and prior to that was the President of the Chicago Symphony from 1985 to 2003.
Shannon's departure from the SPO was due to his desire to focus on other endeavors.
"We have the benefit of continuity as Peter Shannon completes a wonderful tenth season and we are excited to welcome a roster of talented candidates who will conduct the concerts throughout the eleventh season beginning September 2019," Samir Nikocevic, SPO's Chairman of the Board of Directors, said in a statement.
"We are fortunate to be working with Henry Fogel whose vast experience will benefit our selection process as he leads the search for our new Music Director."