Joseph Young, who left a most favorable mark locally as the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, has been moving steadily up the ladder since his years with the BSO, 2007-09.
Effective June 1, Young will be the new assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, one of the country's finest. In addition, he will become music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. It's a one-year contract to start.
In addition to his BSO work, which impressed musicians, staffers and audiences alike, Young has served as resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. The University of South Carolina alum did his graduate studies in conducting at Peabody with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar.
In a statement released by the Atlanta Symphony, Young said: "This Orchestra is known for its innovation and world-class musicians. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with both professional and student musicians and to engage with the Atlanta community as a whole."
Atlanta Symphony music director Robert Spano predicted that Young "will be a strong and influential member of our artistic team."