Pasadena Symphony Names Sixth Music Director in its History

By David Salazar
(Credit: Roger Mastroianni)

Pasadena Symphony has named Brett Mitchell as its next music director.

Mitchell, who is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sunriver Music Festival, begins his five-year tenure on April 1, 2024. His first performance in the new position is slated for Oct. 26, 2024.

“I’m deeply honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining the Pasadena Symphony as its next Music Director,” Mitchell, who has also held the position of Music Director at the Colorado Symphony, Associate COnductor at The Cleveland Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony, said in an official press statement. “From the first moment we made music together in March 2022, it was very clear that there was a special connection between the musicians and me, and that same chemistry has since extended beyond the stage to our friends in the audience and throughout our community. I couldn’t be more excited for the musical journey that lies ahead for our entire community as we embark together on this next chapter of the Pasadena Symphony’s story.”

He becomes the sixth music director in the company’s history following in the footsteps of Reginald Bland, Dr. Richard Lert, Daniel Lewis, Joge Mester, and David Lockington.