Outgoing Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya is packing his baton and heading to the Midwest.
"I am very excited to share some news with you: beginning in August of this year, I will be the new Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha!," he said in a Facebook post on April 2.
He will be in charge of expanding and directing the orchestral program in the School of Music at the Strauss Performing Arts Center, he revealed. He also will be working to create a new Bachelor of Music program in orchestral conducting at the UNO School of Music.
"I am grateful that UNO believes in the creation of this program, which I know will be of great impact in the U.S.," he said.
Harth-Bedoya announced in May 2018 that he would be stepping down as FWSO music director at the end of the 2019-2020 season, which is his 20th year with the orchestra.
He then will assume the title of Conductor Laureate of the FWSO and will return to conduct special concerts in upcoming seasons.
“I am so proud of the work the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and I have done together over the last nearly two decades," Harth-Bedoya said when he announced his departure.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has canceled its remaining performances through May 17, including a weekend of "Grand Finale" concerts for Harth-Bedoya, featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich.
FWSO's Concerts in the Garden series is still on for summer. Harth-Bedoya will not conduct.