Seattle Opera isn’t the only arts group with appointment news these days.
After a multiyear search following the 2010 death of former music director George Shangrow, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers have hired Clinton Smith as music director. OSSCS patrons saw Smith at work at the March 16 concert, when he was guest conductor for a program of Haydn, Gluck, Bizet and Copland. (Finalists for the post made guest appearances at six concerts in the 2012-13 season.) Smith, a native Texan, is a busy guy — he will continue as artistic director and principal conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony and will conduct the University of Michigan Opera Theater’s production of “The Barber of Seville” in the coming season. He’s also served on the music staff at Santa Fe Opera and has worked with Portland Opera, Juilliard Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Skylark Opera and Kentucky Opera, and has workshopped new works from Douglas J. Cuomo, Ricky Ian Gordon and Dominick Argento.
Smith will kick off the group’s 44th season with a concert on Sept. 28; full details to be announced in July.