Berkeley Symphony Renews Music Director Contract

By Francisco Salazar

The Berkeley Symphony has announced that it has renewed Music Director Joseph Young’s contract through the 2024-25 season.

Young made his debut with the Berkeley Symphony in February 2019 and is the fourth Music Director in its 51-year history.

In a statement, Kate Kammeyer, Executive Director of Berkeley Symphony said, “We are thrilled that Joseph’s time as Music Director has been extended. His thoughtful creativity, incredible talent, and commitment to our community are vital to Berkeley Symphony’s future as we continue to reinforce its role as an indispensable artistic and cultural resource.”

Meanwhile, Young said, “Berkeley is an incredible hub of musical talent and passionate audiences. I am inspired by the organization’s and community’s extraordinary history of innovation and energy, and look forward to deepening my relationship here as we continue to push boundaries by reimagining classics and sharing some of the most ambitious music by today’s artists.”

Maestro Young first appeared with Berkeley Symphony to conduct the second symphonic concert of the 2018-19 Season in January 2019 when the concert’s original guest conductor became ill. He was then appointed as Music Director in April 2019 and has conducted nine Berkeley Symphony performances, including three free community concerts.