Gisele Ben-Dor, resident conductor of the Houston Symphony, has beenselected as the new music director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Uruguay whose parents emigrated to Israel when shewas a teen-ager, Ben-Dor is also the conductor of Boston's Pro Arte Orchestra, a 40-member ensemble that performs an annual four-concert season at Harvard University.
She has signed a multiyear contract with the Annapolis Symphony.
Of the six finalists for the position, Ben-Dor, a graduate of the Yale School of Music, is the most established internationally. She has conducted extensively in South America, France, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and Israel.
In her February ASO debut, she conducted works by Verdi, Beethoven and Brahms.
Orchestra Manager Patricia Edwards said the ASO search committee was on the lookout for a conductor who could inspire the orchestra and represent the ASO effectively in the arts arena.
Said search committee chairman John Barry Talley, "We are fortunate to secure the services of such a prestigious conductor."
In Houston, Ben-Dor conducts the orchestra's subscriptionseries while supervising children's concerts and performances for the ensemble.
She lives in Houston with her husband, a mechanical engineer, and their 8-year-old son.