PEI Symphony Orchestra

Music director finalists and upcoming season announced

The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) recently announced their 2023–2024 concert season dates and the finalists for the music director search. Marking a new chapter in the orchestra’s history, the PEISO welcomes four dynamic guest conductors to the podium. Each is a finalist for the music director position and will complete a final audition by leading one of the PEISO concerts in the coming season.

In order of appearance, the guest conductors are Jaelem Bhate, Kira Omelchenko, Juliane Gallant and Daniel Black. Their profiles are available at

“We are eager to release news of this groundbreaking season and are truly delighted to present these four charismatic guest conductors,” says PEISO Board President Wraychel Gilmore. “Each finalist is distinguished in their unique artistic vision, leadership prowess, and contributions to symphonic music. Their individual performances will bring a richness of talent to the PEISO stage.”

All concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm in the Sobey Family Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. The dates and guest conductors for the 2023–2024 season are: October 15 with Jaelem Bhate; November 19 with Kira Omelchenko; February 25 with Juliane Gallant; and April 7 with Daniel Black. Concert programming details will be released later this month.

As part of the audition process, PEISO season subscribers have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the selection of the next music director. After each concert, patrons will receive an email survey to share their feedback on the performance and the guest conductor. Season subscriptions are now available for purchase.