Neal Stulberg, an assistant conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and former conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, has been appointed music director of the New Mexico Symphony in Albuquerque.
Stulberg, who replaces longtime music director Yoshimi Takeda, will assume his planning duties with the ensemble immediately and will conduct his first concert as music director in September, said William Weinrod, executive administrator of the New Mexico Symphony, the major symphonic organization in New Mexico.
"I sense a real intention here," Stulberg said from Albuquerque Friday morning, "a real commitment to growth and excellence.
"The orchestra has already undergone in the past several years a great deal of growth. Our charge, our responsibility, now is to continue in that path."
The new directorship was made public after a meeting of the New Mexico Symphony's board of directors late Thursday afternoon. At that time, the board approved the 30-year-old conductor's appointment after receiving a unanimous recommendation in favor of Stulberg from a search committee that had worked two years to find a music director to replace Takeda, who left at the end of the 1983-84 season to pursue other musical activities. Stulberg has agreed to "a basic contract for three years," Weinrod said.