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Contact: Rebecca Madigan      For Immediate Release   September 28 2017
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New West Symphony Announces Finalists for Music Director

The New West Symphony begins the second phase of its music director search by naming three finalists to return to lead the New West Symphony in encore performances. Maestros Kynan Johns, Tania Miller, and Fawzi Haimor have been chosen to return for second performances with the New West Symphony, conducting programs that demonstrate their diversity.

The New West Symphony has attracted talent from all over the world to fill the position of Music Director. This past season our audience experienced diverse conducting styles and programs of six candidates. A search committee comprised of New West Symphony executives, board members, and orchestra members, as well as input from community leaders, will select a music director, whose debut season will coincide with the New West Symphony's 25th anniversary season in 2019.

Maestro Kynan Johns will return to lead the orchestra in the "Tchaikovsky Pathetique" concert in January, 2018.  "Performing with the New West Symphony was a wonderful experience. I'm excited to return to work with the orchestra on a program that features romantic Russian works as well as a world premier by iconic composer, Bruce Broughton," said Johns.

Maestra Tania Miller will return to perform selections by Wagner, Liszt and Dvorak in concerts in May, 2018. "It was an honor to open the New West Symphony's 2016/2017 season, and I'm thrilled to be chosen to return and close the 2017/2018 season. With the upcoming concerts I'll be conducting, the selections in 'Virtuoso Tour de Force' include grand and challenging romantic pieces that will brilliantly showcase the talented musicians in the New West Symphony," said Maestra Miller.

Maestro Fawzi Haimor will return to lead the orchestra in October, 2018 (in the 2018/2019 season). "Looking back at the incredible time I had with the New West Symphony, I can't express how excited I am to return," said Maestro Haimor. "The quickness of the musicians allows for more time to focus strictly on the music making and as a result produce some truly high quality performances.  I am so delighted to have another opportunity to work with your fine orchestra."


Kynan Johns, a protégé of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta, has conducted the Israel Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and has performed at Covent Garden, La Scala, Palau de les Artes (in Spain). Maestro Johns has established an enviable reputation throughout Europe, Australia, Israel and America as a major prize winner in the prestigious Dmitris Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition, finalist in the Maazel/ Vilar International conducting competition and semi-finalist in the 49th Besancon International Conducting competition.  Holding bachelors of music (composition) and a masters of music (conducting) degrees, Johns has also studied with Maestros David Porcelijn, Kurt Masur, Eri Klas, Peter Eotvos, Ton Koopman, and Noam Sheriff. He has been a recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Australian Centenary Medal – conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queens Trust Award, 'Emerging Artist of the Year' and Young Australian of the Year.

Maestro Johns will return to conduct the "Tchaikovsky Pathetique" concerts on January 27th and 28th, 2018. More information can be found at

In 2016-2017 Tania Miller celebrated her fourteenth season as Music Director of the Victoria (BC) Symphony in a position that she has occupied with great distinction and growing acclaim. As the first Canadian woman to be Music Director of a major Canadian symphony orchestra, Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony celebrated the orchestra's 75th anniversary in 15-16 by touring Canada with performances in Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto. She has been a driving force behind new growth, innovation and quality for the Victoria Symphony, and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts.  Maestra Miller obtained her doctoral and master's degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan.

Maestra Miller will return to conduct the "Virtuoso Tour de Force" concerts on May 12th and 13th, 2018. More information can be found at

Fawzi Haimor has been recently announced as Music Director Designate of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Haimor recently completed his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Haimor has recently made debuts with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic among others. He earned bachelor's degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master's degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master's in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.

Maestro Haimor will return to conduct the 2018/2019 season opening concerts in October, 2018. More information can be found at

About the New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura. More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at