(November 9, 2000) -- According to a Seattle Times article on Nov. 2, Jonathon Shames, director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra announced his resignation, effective August 2001.Shames
has been with the highly acclaimed youth symphony for seven years. Seattle Times reports that the move will allow Shames, a pianist and the founding director of the Boston Players, the time to follow "special projects and long-term musical goals," he told Seattle Times.Shames
will leave the symphony after the Marrowstone Music Festival. Shames
move to the Seattle Times
, "I've felt for a couple of years that I needed to attain my personal goals, and I really miss piano playing.I'm still a conductor and probably will take another conducting position, but I want to conduct more from my piano." Shames
has yet to take a new position and told Seattle Times
, "I have to be open to what is coming up next."Shames and his wife Stephanie Leon may relocate in Boston allowing him to spend more time with the Boston Players giving him the opportunity to perform in Europe.
Editor's Note: Backstage
conducted an interview with Shames
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