After ten years, Peter Shannon has decided to step down as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), the Philharmonic announced today.
Shannon will remain in his current position as Conductor through the end of this celebratory tenth season.
"I am exceedingly proud of what we have built together in Savannah,” says Shannon. “The people of this city have shown me and my family so much love and support, and have empowered me to cultivate a passionate and talented group of musicians from all over the country; bringing them together as Savannah's orchestra with a sound and character all of its own.”
Shannon continues: "Ten years is a significant milestone for an orchestra's artistic leadership, and I feel like now is the time to turn my focus to new artistic pursuits, both in the US and in Europe. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the right one for me and my family, and Savannah will always have place in our hearts.”
Samir Nikocevic, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SPO said, “The Board of Directors thanks Peter for his immense artistic contribution over the years and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We value Peter’s many contributions and recognize the tremendous impact he has had on the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.”
The search for the next SPO Conductor and Musical Director is being planned and a search committee comprised of board members, musicians and patrons will be formed.