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Florida Orchestra names Daniel Black as new assistant conductor

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra has hired conductor Daniel Black to share an increased workload in community concerts and other special programs.

"As our community programs expand, it's time to make sure they have the unique guidance they deserve," general manager Edward Parsons said in a prepared statement. "With Daniel Black's talent, experience and easy rapport, we look forward to seeing these programs grow and thrive as they enrich the lives of thousands of Tampa Bay residents."

Black served as assistant conductor, then associate conductor, at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2017, duties that overlapped with his role as music director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. He currently directs instrumental music at the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts in Little Rock, Ark.

Fluent in Russian, he has performed as guest conductor for the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Russia and the Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company in Ukraine. He has found time to compose pieces for several instrumental groups, including Mindscapes for Clarinet, Cello and Piano and Prelude for Orchestral Brass and Percussion.

Black beat out more than 60 applicants to win the job of assistant conductor to music director Michael Francis. He will chip in with the orchestra's retinue of youth concerts, park concerts, hospital appearances and more, joining principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik and principal guest conductor Stuart Malina. Black relocates to the Tampa Bay area from Kitchener, Ontario, where he has lived with his wife, horn player Marie-Sonja Cotineau.

The orchestra also recently hired two musicians, assistant principal trombone Ross Holcombe and violinist Roman Yearian. Leaders expect to hold auditions in the fall for a principal bassoon and a second horn. The horn position is new; hence, the roster of full-time orchestra musicians will grow from 66 to 67.

Contact Andrew Meacham at or (727) 892-2248.
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