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Leadership Biographies

Robert Spano - Photo Credit Angela Morriss Robert Spano
Music Director

Robert Spano conducts numerous concerts each season on the main Classical Series, performs the annual concert in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and participates in a variety of other musical and outreach activities.
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Donald Runnicles Donald Runnicles
Principal Guest Conductor

Donald Runnicles is one of today’s most consistently acclaimed conductors of opera and symphonic repertoire. Mr. Runnicles recently became General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra.
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Jennifer Barlament, photo credit Roger Mastroianni Jennifer Barlament
Executive Director

Jennifer Barlament joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 as Executive Director.
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Norman Mackenzie Norman Mackenzie
Director of Choruses

As Director of Choruses for the Orchestra, Norman Mackenzie was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers.
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Stephen Mulligan, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor, photo by Melody Evans Stephen Mulligan
Associate Conductor & Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director

Conductor Stephen Mulligan was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in August 2017, and as Associate Conductor in 2019.
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Jerry Hou, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Jerry Hou
Associate Conductor & Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director (Sept 2020)

Jerry Hou will join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as ASO Associate Conductor and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in September 2020.
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