Costa Rica News & Entertainment – Carl St. Clair has been the Pacific Symphony’s director for almost 25 seasons. He is now headed back to Costa Rica, where he will take a one-year assignment as the director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica in 2014.
St. Clair describes the situation like this, “I have enjoyed a growing relationship with the National Symphony. They are a wonderful orchestra, and I admire how passionately committed they are to their mission of engaging their nation in this great art form. Through my time with the organization, I hope to advance the development of young conductors through a new training program, guide and cultivate young or emerging Costa Rican composers and bring music to regions of the country that have not been exposed to orchestral music. In many ways, I feel that my experiences with Pacific Symphony mirror my aspirations for the National Symphony.”
St. Clair has a mind focused on education. While with the Pacific Symphony, he started a youth ensemble, in addition to the OC Can You Play With Us, arts-X-press, and Class Act. He has also directed internationally with the Komische Oper Berlin and a few other orchestras.
This international exposure has enriched what he brought to the Pacific Symphony. He will now use his broad range of experiences to strengthen the National Symphony Orchestra.