Readers pick Chen for Phil music director; search committee to begin deliberating

There are nine contenders to become the next music director of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  But in a completely unscientific, inconsequential-except-for-fun Copious Notes poll, just over half the readers voted for Mei-Ann Chen, the last candidate to audition with the orchestra.

Mei-Ann Chen conducts the Lexington Philharmonic in a rehearsal March 24. Photo by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Mei-Ann Chen conducts the Lexington Philharmonic in a rehearsal March 24. Photo by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Chen, currently assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, received 51.6 percent of the vote.

All of the contenders received at least a few of the 64 votes. Chen’s closest competitor in the poll was October 2008 auditioner Scott Terrell, who received 20.3 percent of the votes.

Here’s how the vote broke down:

  • Mei-Ann Chen, auditioned March 2009 — 51.6%
  • Scott Terrell, October 2008 — 20.3%
  • Darryl One, January 2008 — 9.4%
  • Daniel Meyer, February 2008 — 6.3%
  • Alexander Platt, November 2007 — 4.7%
  • Kayoko Dan, October 2007 — 3.1%
  • Morihiko Nakahara, January 2009 — 1.6%
  • Jeffrey Pollock, November 2008 — 1.6%
  • Alfred Savia, March 2008 — 1.6%

Two notes: The poll ran from March 28 through April 5, with only one vote allowed per computer. There is no way of knowing whether voters actually saw any or all of the auditioners. Like I said, this was for fun.

Also, if you had not heard before, February 2009 auditioner Alastair Willis withdrew from consideration.

As for the vote that matters, Philharmonic search committee chair John Carpenter says the committee — which had several members out of town for spring break, last week — will meet Tuesday night to begin the selection process.

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