Kershaw retires from Auburn Symphony Orchestra

Stewart Kershaw, music director and conductor of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 7:28pm
  • News

Stewart Kershaw

For the Reporter

Stewart Kershaw, music director and conductor of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

Citing personal reasons, Kershaw decided to retire rather than continue through the 2016-17 season as previously planned.

Maestro Kershaw began the Auburn Symphony while he was music director and conductor of the orchestra at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. He had created the PNB orchestra, acclaimed as one of the best ballet orchestras in America, and in 1997 with the Auburn Symphony, he fulfilled his dream of finding a venue for those talented professional musicians to play from the symphonic repertoire on stage at the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

After his retirement from PNB in 2009, Kershaw remained as conductor of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. His creative programming, encyclopedic knowledge of composers and music, and a commanding and nuanced conducting technique, brought an extraordinary level of quality and brilliance to the Auburn Symphony concerts under his baton.

Longtime board member Nancy Colson summed up the sentiments of the symphony board:

“Stewart has been the face of the Auburn Symphony for nearly 20 years. He brought us a great orchestra and deepened appreciation of classical music in Auburn and the Puget Sound community. We are grateful for the legacy he created and wish him the very best.”

The ASO season will continue as planned with guest conductors for the remaining concerts. The symphony board will immediately begin a search for Kershaw’s replacement.

The board plans to honor Kershaw for his contribution to the community at a future event.

More in News

Utility work to require lane closures, disruptions to westbound traffic on Auburn Way South | UPDATES

Utility work by Potelco for Puget Sound Energy will continue through Friday,… Continue reading

Auburn Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28

The Auburn Public Schools Foundation’s 5K fundraiser comes to Sunset Park on… Continue reading

Neely Mansion Victorian Holiday Tea to offer three seatings on Dec. 7

The Neely Mansion Association hosts its Neely Mansion Victorian Holiday Tea –… Continue reading

RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter
Register for the Santa Parade set for Dec. 7

Registration is open for Auburn’s Dec. 7 Santa Parade on Main Street.… Continue reading

Auburn School District to celebrate outgoing school board members

The Auburn School District honors two outgoing school board members – Ray… Continue reading

Washington state bans vapor products containing vitamin E acetate

The Washington State Board of Health on Monday expanded its emergency rule… Continue reading

Undeniable Ravens reach the final four, a program first

Another dramatic goal sends No. 4 Auburn Riverside past Olympia

Police investigating fatal collision at Auburn Way South and Dogwood Street SE

The Auburn Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal collision at… Continue reading

City to help seniors with grand funds from ‘hub’ arrangement

King County’s senior citizens 55 and up have a wealth of resources… Continue reading

Most Read