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Musician redefines herself after hearing loss

Apr 4, 2018
Photo Credit: Eastman School of Music

Gaelen McCormick has been losing her hearing, to varying degrees over several years as a result of Ménière’s disease – a condition that also causes vertigo and tinnitus.

"My husband and I have a morning ritual. Wake up, and the first thing he says, is “I love you” and the next thing I can say is “I can hear you” or “I can’t hear you” – and that’s how we start our day." 

The loss of hearing was a particular challenge for McCormick because of her profession: she is a musician.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season at its fourth annual, free season preview concert Tuesday night in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 

The event featured the entire orchestra onstage performing selected excerpts, with emcees Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. 

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The music director and conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be around for a while longer.

The RPO announced on Monday that Ward Stare has renewed his contract for three more years, through the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 35 year old Rochester native became the RPO’s youngest-ever music director in 2014.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has started to look for a new President and CEO.

WXXI News has learned that Ralph Craviso, originally brought on as an interim president and CEO for the Orchestra in the fall of 2015, is working to transition out of that role and help the RPO find his replacement.

Craviso’s title changed last year, with the word ‘interim’ removed from his position. At that time, he told us the board had effectively stopped looking for a replacement, while he continued to work on a plan to shore up the orchestra’s financial stability.

Connections: Ward Stare

Aug 1, 2014

On Tuesday, Pittsford's own Ward Stare was named the new Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra principal conductor and musical director. The 31-year-old is played trombone with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the age of 11, later going on to Juilliard, and eventually, even at his very young age, to conducting opportunities around the world. He is currently a frequent guest conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ward and RPO Trombonist Mark Kellogg sat down to talk with Frank Cegelski and WXXI Classical 91.5 Morning Host Brenda Tremblay.