The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced yesterday that the Music Director Search Committee has narrowed down the list of 100-plus candidates to the final six. The search, which officially started in April, was spurred on by the death of former music director David Stahl in 2010. Without further ado, the very accomplished (and busy) candidates:

Michael Butterman serves as music director for both the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra as well as principal conductor for education and outreach for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s also resident conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Ken Lam is the winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, resident conductor of the Brevard Music Center in N.C., artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, and associate professor and director of orchestra at Montclair State University in N.J.

Lawrence Loh is the resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Sean Newhouse served as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, as associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

Perry So is one of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Christopher Wilkins is the music director of the Orlando Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Each one of the candidates will be invited to conduct concerts on the CSO Masterworks Series in 2013-’14. The community can join in on the decision-making by leaving comments after the shows. Find out more at

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