Wenatchee Valley Symphony music director and conductor Marty Zyskowski resigned from his post earlier this year, so the season’s concerts are led by a series of guest conductors.
Zyskowski, a percussionist and former music professor who resides in Spokane, gave notice in early fall to the symphony in order to care for his wife, who is suffering from cancer.
“It was a hard decision, but it was the right one for both of us,” Zyskowski said last week.
Symphony executive director Beth Jensen, who conducted the ensemble’s first season concert Oct. 11, says the organization will begin the search for a permanent conductor in January. The 2010-11 season will probably also be managed by guest conductors until a replacement is hired.
“It takes a long time” to find a new symphony leader, Jensen says. “They can look really good on paper, but you need to be able to actually see them in action and see how they work with a group.”
Zyskowski, the eighth permanent conductor in the symphony’s 62-year history, was named conductor/director in November 2003, replacing Mel Strauss.