The newest classical music rising star in St. Louis is ascending nationally and internationally, too.
She’s Gemma New, 29. Named in June to the resident conductor job at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealander takes up her post on Sept. 6.
Her duties include assisting SLSO music director David Robertson and covering concerts. She’s the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and the conductor for a variety of education, family and community concerts.
She’s had a busy summer. It included leading statewide parks concerts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, covering concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and working with violinist Augustin Hadelich at Maine’s Bowdoin Music Festival, as well as a week in Switzerland.
Her audition for the job, she says, consisted of an interview and working with both the Youth Orchestra and the SLSO, “and just seeing if things clicked.” They did.