by Andrew Crisp
Patrons of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor, Ontario, will soon see much more of Robert Franz, music director of the Boise Philharmonic.
Franz has been tapped to become music director of the WSO, the sixth in the orchestra's 65-year history. Earlier this month, WSO Communications Manager Shelley Sharpe said that during his visit to Windsor as part of the selection process, Franz was "a hit in this community."
More than 153 applicants from 28 countries applied for the position. The pool was reduced to eight finalists by a selection panel, which ultimately chose Franz. He will begin a three-year renewable contract Monday, July 1, according to the WSO.
Tony Boatman, interim executive director of the Boise Philharmonic, previously told Boise Weekly, it's common for music directors to have more than one orchestra, and that Franz will juggle his time between his Boise and Canadian positions.
"It's a strength. Having him as a music director of the Windsor Symphony would be a feather in the cap of Boise, because it says that we have somebody that someone else values," said Boatman.