- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (AP) - One of the three professional training orchestras in the United States is getting a new music director.

Camden, New Jersey-based Symphony in C announced Thursday that Bulgarian-born conductor Stilian Kirov will take the baton July 1.

Kirov is the associated conductor of the Seattle Symphony and has held the same position with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He’ll replace Rossen Milanov, who has been named the next music director of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio.

Symphony in C says part of its mission is to provide training for orchestral musicians, soloists and music directors “on the cusp of world-class careers.” It used to be called The Haddonfield Symphony, which began in 1952.

The other U.S. pro training orchestras are the New World Symphony in Miami and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

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