The Richmond Symphony has extended the contract of Chia-Hsuan Lin, its associate conductor, for two more years, and has appointed Daniel Myssyk to the new position of assistant conductor.
Lin’s contract extension, running through the 2019-20 season, coincides with the period during which the orchestra will be searching for a new music director to replace Steven Smith, who is leaving at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Lin, who joined the symphony in 2015, has been the principal conductor of Symphony Pops, LolliPops and Discovery concerts, and also has led classical subscription, community and tour programs.
Myssyk, who serves as director of orchestral studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and was artistic director of the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra in Montreal from 2000 to 2016, will become conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and will assume a leadership role in the orchestra’s Young Performers Program, as well as taking conducting dates with the symphony.
Lin’s extension and Myssyk’s appointment were announced at the end-of-season symphony board meeting. Also announced were the appointments of two new board members: Joshua Bennett, vice president of technical services at Dominion Energy, and Samuel Koo, a former assistant secretary general of the United Nations, president of World Embrace and executive director of the Great Mountains Music Festival in his native South Korea.